The Declaration of Independence is a wonderful document. In it, Thomas Jefferson penned those immortal lines:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
Now, we have Barack Obama and others who are saying that we need to extend these unalienable rights. They say that you should have a right to healthcare. A right to a job. A right to a house. In his infomercial this week, he had video of people complaining that they had to work multiple jobs, that they may lose their home, that they needed healthcare. One woman complained about the cost of gasoline and the cost of a gallon of milk. But, according to research company ComScore Mobile, it’s highly likely that they have an iPhone:
In a series of surveys ending in August, ComScore found that iPhone purchases grew fastest among people with annual household incomes between $25,000 and $50,000. The growth rate in this group was 48 percent, compared with just 16 percent among people with incomes above $100,000.
A baseline iPhone 3G is $200, and the cheapest iPhone plan from AT&T is $70 per month.
A quick check on eHealthInsurance.com shows that a 4-person household (adult male and female, teenage boy and girl), can find health insurance as low as $107 per month from United HealthCare. If we apply that $70 for the iPhone plan to the health insurance premium, that leaves a deficit of $37. Where can such a household find $37?
Well, according to an ICR survey, it’s highly likely that this fictitious household has more than one cell phone, due to the fact there are two teenagers living in the house. At an additional $20 per line, assuming both teenagers have a phone, there’s $40.
What if they only have that iPhone? Well, statistically, this family is likely to have cable TV. With basic cable running about $40 per month, there’s the remainder of their health insurance premium.
Let’s face it… There are many ways to prioritize a household’s budget so that healthcare is part of it. But what about milk and gasoline? Let’s say they have health coverage provided by their employer, but are struggling to buy gasoline and milk. If they really need a cellphone, they could easily got one of the free phones from the various providers. With a basic plan running $20 per month, that’s $50 left over for an extra tank of gas per month. And since they didn’t spend $200 on the iPhone, spread that out over 12 months and you get an extra $16.67 per month to buy milk.
The fact is, as we have said before, we are exchanging our freedoms for stuff. Stuff has become more important than liberty, and as long as politicians keep raising the expectations of “free” government goodies, as long as we keep believing that healthcare and jobs and houses are rights and iPhones are necessities, we will hurdle ever-faster toward giving up all of our freedoms and all of our liberties for a socialist nightmare.