Posts Tagged ‘Contraception Mandate’

I’ve already posted some humor about Sandra Fluke and the Obama Administration’s contraception mandate, including this set of four cartoons and posters.

But the folks at Reason TV always do things worth sharing, so here’s a video about a cough drop mandate. As you can see, a healthy dose of sarcasm.

By the way, if you want something more serious about the issue, including a discussion of third-party payer and the proper role of insurance, check out the excellent analysis of Prof. Cochrane in this post.

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I’m a big fan of political humor, particularly when it exposes absurdity. This is why I shared all these jokes (here, here, here, here, here, and here) about the Occupy Wall Street crowd.

But I also appreciate good jokes that target me and other libertarians (here, here, here, here, and here).

If I had to pick a favorite, though, it would be the jokes that teach economics. That’s why I like this joke about Keynesian economics, this cartoon about Obama’s stimulus, this video on Halloween taxes, this cartoon about the minimum wage, and this joke about the perverse incentives of redistribution.

And it’s also why I shared the cartoon yesterday about Ms. Fluke and the controversy over the birth control mandate.

This motivated readers to send several others, all of which make the point that this is an issue about subsidies and redistribution, not birth control.

Here’s one that was posted on the Powerline blog.

This one’s obviously a photoshop creation, but definitely appeals to me because of my support for the 2nd Amendment.

And here are a couple of posters featuring Ms. Fluke.

I especially like these two posters because there’s no attempt to personally demonize Ms. Fluke. It’s her ideas are bad because she wants to coerce others.

I’m not making an indirect dig at Limbaugh, by the way, who does a rather impressive job of staying on the right side of the line while spending three hours every day trying to be funny, entertaining, and informative. I shudder to think how often I would step in you-know-what if I tried to do the same thing.

Instead, my goal is to change hearts and minds. We won’t win the battle for liberty if we focus on personalities as opposed to ideas.

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I’ve already explained that the Obamacare contraception-coverage controversy is about economics and religious liberty, not birth control.

But now that the debate has been transformed by the remarks of a Georgetown student, this cartoon seems rather appropriate.

The bubble quotes in the cartoon do a good job of capturing the statist mentality. They want me to leave them alone (which I’m happy to do), but they won’t leave me alone.

So here’s a deal for Ms. Fluke and her fellow travelers. I’ll agree to you doing whatever you want behind closed doors (heck, you can even leave the doors open, as far as I’m concerned). But, in exchange, I want you to leave me alone, which means I don’t want to pay higher taxes OR higher insurance premiums to subsidize your birth control.

In a nutshell, this is the non-aggression principle that motivates libertarianism.

I’m quite disappointed, by the way, that the cartoon portrays the student in an unflattering light. This is the mistake Rush made (not for the first time), and it enables the left to deflect attention from the real issue of whether the government should be mandating subsidies.

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