This article was written by guest-author Spartacus.

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When it comes to some political issue, the public regularly complains, “this is broken!”, but the fact is that usually, said item is actually working precisely the way it was envisioned by its statist architects. Two quick examples are education and (as if you didn’t see it coming) health care. (The fact that health care is currently under massive discussion and certain to undergo yet another statist restructuring, courtesy of Obama and his minions, just adds to the irony.)

It’s been said that the U.S. performs worse than other industrialized countries in math and science. Some studies further suggest that 20 percent of the U.S. adult population have serious difficulty with common reading tasks. If public schools are for education, they ain’t exactly working. But what if public education isn’t for that kind of education?

When it comes to health care, similar poor performance also seems to be the rule here in the U.S. In fairness though, those WHO rankings are best taken with a shaker of salt, asmore than a few commentators have already noted. Nevertheless, you’d have to be really out of the loop to not see that U.S. health care delivery leaves more than a little to be desired, using a number of measures. (I seriously doubt that the latest round of ideas from D.C. will help, but that’s another post.) Putting it bluntly, health care is screwed up, particularly from the standpoint of cost.

How are health care and public education related? Both are controlled, regulated, and in far-too-large part dispensed, directly by the government.

As such, it’s fairly obvious to me that the poor performance of U.S. graduates is exactly what one should expect and is of no genuine concern to the government.

Think about it. If you were in charge of the State, would you want schools to produce independent thinkers, all ready to challenge authority and take personal responsibility? Or would you rather produce needy, whiny bastards ready to take any hand-out they are given in exchange for installing bumpers all day? Would you want the number of people employed by the State to decline as more an more people took responsibility for their own livelihoods? Or would you “teach” that everyone is somehow entitled to statist financial support from cradle to grave?

If you were in charge of the health care market — or beholden to the large campaign contributors who inhabit that market — would you want healthy, prevention-minded individuals who seek every natural (and inexpensive) remedy for their maladies while simultaneously enjoying a lifestyle that leads to personal health and as little interaction with their pharmacist as possible? Or would you want quick-fix junkies intent on eating Twinkies for lunch, Rally’s for dinner, and washing both down with 2 liters of cavity-inducing, health-draining, high-fructose corn syrup and water? If you can just get them to pop a pill to compensate, why worry, right? Would you want health care costs to plummet as providers actually had to compete with each other for the health care dollar, leading to better and better cures being identified and rolled out? Or would you want people addicted to expensive, government-regulated “cures” with no end in sight?

No, my friends.

Health care isn’t “broken” and neither is public education. We are getting exactly the performance one should expect from systems designed by, beholden to, and benefiting the State. The sooner everyone realizes that, the sooner they can stop asking their executioner for a more comfortable blindfold.

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