I hope that you two guys never get near the policy and platform writing functions for the Republican Party. If you did, you would be the best “campaign managers” the socialists ever could find. Your 19th century total leissez-faire solutions to social problems would drive many voters to the left, probably the far left.
There are some aspects of the welfare state that have merit. Here is one that affected me a decade ago and is very much an issue at the moment. What polices are in order for senior citizens who need extensive custodial and medical care and can’t afford it?
In the early 2000s my mother moved to a continuing care facility. The up-front charge was over $50 thousand, and the monthly fee was about $1,200. Overtime she developed dementia and ultimately was unable to do anything for herself. She was like a big baby wearing diaper who could not feed or dress herself. She was like this for over two years. The annual costs were about $30,000. Fortunately she had saved in her lifetime, and I managed her assets to the point when there was plenty of money to take care of her.
Now my wife and I are dealing with my mother and father-in-law. They are both 90 years old. My mother-in-law has reached the point where she can do nothing for herself. She is now in a facility that costs about $120,000 a year or $10,000 a month. My father-in-law can pay for that for only a limited time, and he has his long-term care to consider. They both have long term care insurance. Her policy has been exhausted. The family has resources, but gift taxes get involved if you do very much, and financing must become more creative.
So what do you do with grandma and grandpa? Do you kick them out in the snow? How do you think that will play with the voters? Do you think that your 19th century solutions will work?
The facility where my mother stayed was church run and partially financed by the Du Pont Family. In other words, it was founded via a private initiative. Still, it was not cheap, and ultimately it had financial problems and had to be sold to a private corporation.
These are huge issues, and you can’t sweep them under the rug with antiquated, survival of fittest solutions. They have to be addressed.
I can cite other examples in addition to these, but I will let you mull this over.