We probably shouldn’t be surprised by anything we hear from Fox News these days, but the crew at The Five and their guest John Stossel may have hit a new low on the show this Thursday.
Talking about a segment that he had planned for later in the day, Stossel expressed dismay that in this country we don’t allow people to buy and sell organs — after all, that is the free market.
The segment which he called ‘Privatize Everything’ was intended to extoll the virtues of giving nearly everything that the government now controls over to the ‘more competent’ hands of corporations. While admitting that the Constitution grants control of things such as law enforcement and the military to the government, Stossel thinks even they would be better handled by the private sector, noting that the CBO has said that if it wasn’t for Halliburton’s presence in Iraq, we would have had to pay three people for every one that works for Halliburton there.
One thing that he doesn’t mention is how much that Halliburton employee is paid, but the odds are that he is paid more than those three government workers would be combined.
His main argument of course is that a private sector company is easier to fire if they don’t deliver services at a lower cost. In other words, we don’t need those pesky elections to get rid of the ones we don’t agree with — sounds like another way to say corporatocracy.
Among the items Stossel would hand over to the private sector are law enforcement, parks, libraries and “organ selling.”
Even The Five’s resident Ken doll, Steve Doocey was shocked by that last item. “Organ selling?” Doocy asked incredulously.
Stossel replied, “This upsets people, but I’m upset it’s not legal, in the one country where it is legal, nobody waits for a kidney.”
Doocey asked, “Where is that?”
Stossel casually replies, “I’m afraid to say it’s Iran. But, still! There’s no waiting line. In America, lots of people die waiting for kidneys.”
“We have two kidneys, we need one, people need them, it’s your body, it should be your choice. Why does the government limit what you can do with your body?” Stossel added.
As usual, Stossel’s Libertarian ideology is actually a call to install the corporate powers in the place of our democratically elected government. One has to wonder how much compensation the Koch brothers send his way to push their agenda.
Watch his comments in the video below.
h/t: The Raw Story