Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Democrat candidates are in a bidding war to promise voters the most free stuff. They don’t understand how society operates and risk destroying it.
In Star Trek, you could have as much as you want simply by punching the button on a replicator. But until that day arrives, some things will be less plentiful than others. How we deal with scarcity is economics and Democrats don’t understand it at all.
Large, perfect diamonds are scarce but women want them. Jewelers manage scarcity by price. Million-dollar paydays are scarce. Publisher’s Clearinghouse manages scarcity by chance. College degrees from Harvard – managing scarcity by affirmative action – or USC – managing scarcity by bribery.
Even food can be scarce. I went to an all-you-can-eat fish fry. The server brought the first portion but no seconds. She explained that too many customers had ordered fish, the restaurant was running run out, they were distributing one-to-a-customer. When I mentioned false advertising, she said: “That IS all you can eat, that’s all we’re going to give you.” Managing scarcity by rationing.
Free college, free health insurance, free medical care, paid free time, Democrats promise it all . . . but society can’t give everything to everybody for free so how will we manage scarcity? The candidates are conspicuously quiet about their plans for that.
They’re being “quiet” in the same sense I”m “ghosting Scarlett Johanson”; telling the truth is not part of the vocabulary.