Alvin Lee of Ten Years After died in Spain after "routine" surgery. I recall a great TYA song, I'd Love to Change the World that has recently been a touchstone for me about a central issue with statists. The song is about change, long before hopey changey guy. But there is this line in the song:
"Tax the rich,
Feed the poor,
'Till there are no
Rich no more."
Statists love that line. Make those eeevviiilll rich, who only have money because they stole it from others, or some such drivle, make them pay "therefairshare!" "Till there ain't no more stinkin' rich people.
Then I ask them, "Hey, stupid, if there are no rich no more, who the are you gonna tax then? The poor might have to starve or get off their duffs and work. Or maybe YOU'LL take up the rich man's burden? Not bloody likely."
Notice the line is NOT "'Till there are no poor no more." Statists don't care about the poor, but they are obsessed with the rich.
Anyhow, Bye Bye Alvin, Go Home!