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The “invisible hand” of market-based morality

posted by David Gibson

Newt's hand.jpgNewt Gingrich wants to pay pregnant teenagers to take prenatal vitamins and stay healthy so the government avoids expensive costs when babies end up in neonatal intensive care units.He also wants to pay poor children to read, and says the state should consider paying girls to not get pregnant.

Who needs a faith-based program when you’ve got the free-market? But wait, where does that money come from…?



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Clare Krishan

posted March 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm


Ssorry nothing “free market” about social engineering when its attempted by the right wing than when its defended by the left-wing. Who’s doing the payin’? The State as utilitarian Sugar Daddy?
Support for the dignity of family dynamics (aka the loving hand, not the silent hand*) is what Catholics ought be demanding from their municipal servants. Help young men become “providers” by encouraging outlets for creative enterprise (free market) and opportunities for settlin’ down in a functioning community (free market) would go a long way to make girls entertain motherhood as a lifetime vocation. Free vitamins won’t pay for pest control to rid sub-standard housing of the lead paint or roaches linked to childhood learning difficulties and asthma, and why would any young man hitch himself to that kinda misery if Big Gummint will take him place for him?
And now the State’s stepping up to the plate with fiscal “vitamins” to rid the banks of their toxic assets? Gimme a break!



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