Richard Ralston: The ‘1 percent’ really to be feared | care, medical, percent

There is a great threat to medical care in America from a small group of our fellow citizens. They are not the top 1 percent of the wealthy, but a group of elitists and their allies who see government power as the means to determine what every American is allowed to earn and keep. Control over medical care is central to their objective of imposing control over every detail of our lives.

The 1 percent of Americans who really threaten our freedom in medical care and everything else is a small and relentless cadre. They follow ancient precedent; Plato thought that “philosopher kings” should rule us (the New York Times agrees).

They subsequently have taken the form of Inquisition interrogators, witch hunters, Leninist enforcers of the “dictatorship of the proletariat,” fascist followers of “the leadership principle,” and the modern and most-hideous manifestation: intellectuals. The latter range from moral exhibitionists in Hollywood to the political-correctness police teaching in universities.

By contrast, the top 1 percent of wealthy Americans pay at least one-third of the income taxes – far more than their “fair share” by anyone’s standards except those pursuing power over others. The wealthy spend their after-tax wealth on what they buy from the rest of us, or they invest it. That is far more beneficial to the economy than what the government would do with the money.

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