Originally Posted by FIREdreamer
If I shared the guy's trust in divine healing powers and the government's willingness to pay for my hospital bills when divine intervention fails, it would make retiring on a shoestring a lot easier!
That's exactly it. I sense a growing call for redistribution -- higher taxes and means testing on the ants and more goodies for the grasshoppers.
When a critical mass of people realizes that the incremental value of w*rking and taking calculated risks with your capital is approaching zero, because it will be taken from you and given to others not producing, we are in big trouble as a society.
"National health care" is a perfect example. There may be no better way to encourage a lot of upper-middle class folks in their 50s (who pay a lot of taxes) to leave the work force (since they no longer need to work for health insurance) and become net tax *consumers* instead of tax *payers*.