Some folks are levelers….They would, rather than give those who are lower on the economic scale (usually due to choices they might make, but that is another discussion for another time….) an opportunity to raise themselves up, instead work to pull those who are more successful, (either directly, through hard work or through having selected their parents carefully) down to a lower level…..all in the name of “fairness”. Rather than fill in the low spots in the road, they would instead shave off the high points….
If this means that they disincentivise success, thrift, and productivity, and reward sloth, foolish economic decisions and waste, they seem to be OK with that……Reward “living in the moment” by taking from those who plan ahead…all in the name of “equality” and egalitarianism.
These folks are (either admitted or still closeted) socialists.
Winston Churchill may have made the best statement about socialism:
“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance,
and the gospel of envy,
its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
See also: Obamacare.
MArooned has an interesing point about socialized medecine at the bottom of THIS post.