Hey, especially since you're glad that everyone else is forced to pay for it!
External costs, private benefits, yo. Oh, the price of Ideology. When will it end?
Firstly the cost isnt completely externalised; I pay my taxes, and happily do so, knowing that part of my taxes go towards this program.
Secondly you are right; in a perfect world we would figure out a way of voting
on the ideology, such that we can democratically say, one way or another, this is what the population genuinely
wants (after understanding the unintended consequences and decrease in efficiency) - yes I am implying I know what way the vote would go, I am fairly (pun intended) confident of what way our culture would go on this single issue (NZ culture tends to favour fairness over freedom when faced with a binary choice).
Once again we come to an impasse that is a result of the political structure being unable practically represent its people.
I wonder if anywhere uses an index of performance, e.g. # of employed or in under/grad school after graduation would determine how much state-money a school gets.
Tsk tsk... thats equality of results durr, not equality of opportunity.
I go to the gym to justify my mockery of fat people.