Originally Posted by La literatura
If we had a consumption tax, I would be criticizing the government for allowing such a travesty and injustice onto the American people. Fortunately, we don't.
My statement wasn't a "kind of praise," though the 401k scheme seem fine to me. It was a statement of fact: 401k plans are products of governmental legislation. Asking government to get out of it seems to miss that point.
I don't think it misses that point at all. I think that point is pretty irrelevant. The government could have created a 401K with any degree of government micromanagement or none at all. Preferring a more hands off approach is no more hypocritical (as you seemed to imply in post 7) than preferring a heavily micromanaged approach.
Obamacare’s fix for an American health care system that the federal government long ago broke, is to give the federal government far more power over American health care; that its solution to escalating health costs is to mandate greater health benefits (and, hence, higher costs); and that its solution to the pricey overreliance on pre-paid health plans — offered by insurance companies in lieu of real insurance — is to have the government require Americans to buy those pre-paid health plans under penalty of law.