We need mandates because some people won't do what they "should".

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    Ever the cheerleader for the nanny-state, Smugman is at it again:

    Choice and the Insurance Mandate

    Krugman's counter argument - that government should mandate these decisions because not everyone will "do it right" - might make sense if we had a hyper-rational government. In the world we actually live in, however, it's a very bad argument.
     
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    Who is he to decide what is right? Just more nanny state bull.
     
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    Exactly,
     
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    Besides being a terrible policy hack, Krugman is just plain irrirtating.
     
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    He's a true corporatist. In his view, the purpose of government is to "manage" society.
     
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    You mean Krugman, the Nobel prize winning economist?

    the right's hatred of anyone smart is flabbergasting.
     
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    I don't see any hate in his statement.

    How did you come up with that ?
     
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    But he used to be a rightwinger ????

    Makes you wonder......

    Ed Shultz used to be a conservative.
     
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    Team jerseys don't mean much. I want to know about a person's philosophy of government. There are plenty of authoritarians of both the liberal and conservative variety. Krugman seems, to me, to fall for the hubris of leadership. People in positions of authority or power sometimes become enamored with a vision of how the world *could* be, if only everyone would follow their plans. And, all too often, their ambitious visions for society convince them to discard individual liberty as an impediment to government, rather than the point.
     
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    You ever read Thomas Sowell's "A Conflict Of Visions" ?

    You'd enjoy it......
     

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