“If you give a mouse a cookie, he is going to want a glass of milk…” If you give America free contraception, well what won’t she want? Nothing could be truer about the continuous revolving door of government handouts and the overwhelming sense of entitlement searing through the American culture. The recent contraception uproar is a blast against moral social concerns and more importantly depicts the destructive essence of the government regulating the country’s healthcare.
Kathryn Nix in an article for the Heritage Foundation could not have said it better; “The decision isn’t simply a question of providing women with ‘free’ contraception, but rather a bad experiment in government micromanagement of health care that will end in higher premiums and fewer coverage choices for all Americans.” (2011). Diverting the health care argument as an attack on women is merely a means of distraction to what is really the issue at hand. The Left have strategically and conveniently distorted the controversy of the debate to their advantage. Portraying women as the victims in this situation makes anyone opposing funds for free contraception as ignorant, insensitive, and anti-feminist. But really the question boils down to how much of our lives are we willing to let the federal government seize control over?
It should come at no surprise that federal government has been pumping funds towards the sexual demands of our society for quite some time. As of 2004 “the government devoted 12% more towards the ‘safe sex’ evolution as opposed to promoting any form of abstinence education.” (Heritage Foundation, 2004). Not only is the government intruding in our lives but also there has been a dramatic shift in society’s priorities. “Free contraception” is the equivalent of the government regulating your body, courtesy of American taxpayers of course. It will not end with the demand of free birth control because as we all know if we want one thing for free why should it not all be free? What shouldn’t I have at my disposal? It would be of no surprise if the scope of this argument shifted to the demands of free operations, free implants, or free Botox. Or how about something a little more practical such as vitamins and supplements? This is all assuming though the government sees it fit to distribute such things to you in the first place, now that they have the final say as to what they will provide for you.
Our commemorated sense of entitlement offers no solution to this problem either. For starters, there is no such concept of something with the price tag reading free. Everything in this world is purchased at a cost, something our Founding Fathers understood very well. The new norm sweeping the American culture is “I deserve what I want without the consequences.” Because of this attitude, many have looked to the federal government to somehow magically fulfill every demand which is once again done at the expense of the taxpayer. It has now become expected for government dependency to support and fund our independency. It is not in the government’s power to regulate the public’s health choices, nor is it the obligation of one individual to fund another individual’s personal choices.
Perhaps the simplicity of the mouse wanting his cookie, milk, and much more could teach us a thing or two of what is becoming of our country.