I’ve Got Mine, the Rest of You Can Go to Hell
Here is a nice little video of opponents of government health insurance who are also perfectly satisfied with their Medicare and V.A. benefits.Vodpod videos no longer available.
I’ve seen this again and again in my own family. It’s what Rick calls the “I’ve got mine and the rest of you can go to hell” conservative philosophy.
A large number of my older relatives have benefited from government programs their entire lives – farming land that was irrigated through massive depression-era government projects, going to school on the G.I. bill, living on Social Security, Medicare, and generous military pensions in their old age. And now that they’ve received all these benefits, they oppose expanding them in any way, and in fact want to see all government programs reduced (except for the ones they’re still using right now). Because letting others receive the same kind of help they got all their lives goes against their beliefs.
Video courtesy of Salon.