Government Regulation + Industry = Cartel
Cartel = Corporatism
Corporatism = Economic Fascism
This is the reality of how the US economy exists today. Some economists call it a "mixed" economy. A little bit of socialism here, a little bit of capitalism there...
...but let's still call it a "free market," than blame the absence of "regulation" or "de-regulation" as the culprit of the problems so as to encourage more Government regulation, changing the "mix ratio" giving us more socialism and less capitalism.
The latest example is the leftist's useful-idiot-Goebbels-wanna-be, Michael Moore, making a propagandumentary that highlights all of the problems and injustices caused by the Corporatist/Fascist system and blaming it all on "Capitalism." The worst part is that Moore's film was financed by the very same Banksters he supposedly exposes and criticizes in the film!
To people that still don't understand that we in fact do not live in a free market, capitalist system, here's the breakdown as simple as it can get:
"BIG" Business lobbies politicians in the Government.
The Government than passes legislation that "regulates" the industry of that BIG Business entity.
Typically, the regulation results in exorbitant costs for any business in the industry to comply with those regulations.
Thus, the "BIG" Business entity that already has a huge revenue stream or financial backing happily pays all of those costs associated with complying...while smaller companies who can't afford it go out of businesses, and entrepreneurs that want to enter the market of that industry are effectively barred from competing because they cannot both pay start up costs to enter the market AND all of the costs associated with "regulation."
In this way, the BIG Business entity is able to buy the Government's cooperation in creating a Cartel.
This is the essence of Economic Fascism. The Government/Industrial Complex, writ large, across many industries.
Anytime you here the phrase "BIG BUSINESS" you need to understand that the media and the leftists use of it to imply greedy, unscrupulous capitalist pigs - but the reality is NONE OF THOSE "BIG BUSINESS" entities they are excoriating or lamenting could have gotten that big without some form of Government action that gives them Cartel monopoly powers!
While Government Cartels have indeed become a huge portion of the overall economy, there is still thousands of small businesses that do manage to exist, and even profit in the sectors of the economy are still free from "regulation."
Yet everyday, the Government is actively working in cahoots with the Big Businesses that continue to ply them with campaign contributions and party donations to continue to expand the sphere of Big Government/Big Business monopoly.
This is the very essence of Obama's Health Care "REFORM." It's the blatant attempt by BIG Pharma and BIG Insurance to create a new and improved Cartel.
Sheldon Richman writes in his article Obama's Health-Insurance Cartel
exactly how Obama is using the exact same approach as Michael Moore, in claiming his reform will garner the benefits oft "competition" and "choice" when in fact his proposals are going to result with the exact opposite results:
President Obama and other advocates of nationalized health insurance have tried a variety of sales pitches, which indicates their difficulty in getting traction with the public. The latest is “competition and choice.”
Who could be against those things?
Well, Obama for one, followed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House member Barney Frank, and everyone else who favors what is question-beggingly called reform. The word reform suggests not just change but improvement. Therefore, to call the proposals to nationalize the medical-insurance industry reform is to assume precisely what is in dispute and must be proved. The argument is — or should be — over whether the proposed changes indeed are reform. To call them reform before the debate has even begun is to rig the discussion. It’s an old — and sadly effective — bit of sophistry.
But let’s get back to competition and choice. I contend that what Obama favors would produce the opposite of competition and choice: cartel and restriction. This is so clear that it’s hard to believe an intelligent person surrounded by economic advisers wouldn’t know this.
Just like Michael Moore blames the problems of Bankers like Goldman/Sachs and their collusion with the Government to fleece the tax payers with a bailout on "FREE MARKET CAPITALISM, so to does Obama use the same tactics in pointing to the problems that were created by Government's involvement in the health care market, attributes it to the 'Free Market' and offers MORE Government in the market as the solution!
Apparently members of Congress and the administration don’t know about the Internet, which performs the same function for every other good and service. If there’s no health-insurance market on the Internet, it may be because government forbids interstate competition, in order to protect the states’ ability to burden their residents with coverage mandates for hair transplants, in vitro fertilization, and other things offered by privileged businesses.
Competition by many businesses results in a 'race' by businesses to get the most customers from their competition by continually working to offer the best service or product at a price that makes them more attractive to customers than all of the other competitors in the market.
But if Government intervention via "REGULATION" reduces competition, you lose the incentives of free market competition to promote competing businesses to innovate and improve their product or services...afterall, the Government's regulations have made sure they won't HAVE to because there is no competition to take away the customers by offering a better product or service than they are.
For all his talk about choice and competition, what Obama proposes is more of what we already labor under: corporate-state bureaucratic decision-making. The status quo is not the free market. It is a system of government-business collusion that, among other things, welds workers to their employers. Obama’s scheme would simply be more of the same. The reason Big Pharma and Big Insurance favor the scheme is that everyone would be forced to buy their products or coverage for their products, with the taxpayers picking up most of the tab.
Obama offers no radical break with the present but only a further application of the statism that brought us the current morass.
Unlike many right wing conservative Republicans who claim that Obama is a socialist, I don't believe he's a socialist per se.
He's a Fascist, the kind that supports socialist ideas to sell the masses on the benefits of implementing his fascist (corporatist) agenda.