Republicans remain almost united in their utter rejection of the communist doctrines of one Simon Peter fisherman and trouble maker.
I don’t want to exaggerate. It is certainly not true that Kasich’s proposed policy is from “each according to his ability” and “to each as anyone had need”
However, that was the policy of his post mortum interlocutor. Marx did not coing the phrase in “The Critique of the Gotha Program” nor is it found in Gotha program. Marx was quoting from The Acts of the Apostles accusing his ex-followers of being eccessively egalitarian just as St Peter had been.
The Bible, New King James Version
Acts Chapter 4 Verse 35
“…; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.”
Acts Chapter 11 verse 29
“Then the apostles, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea.”
It is interesting how few Christians are familiar with the contents of the New Testament (I’m an atheist by the way). But then again the fact that self declared Constitutional Conservatives tend to mix up The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution should be a tip off.
By the way, I am not a Christian and I frankly disagree with Simon Peter’s approach to policy, or at least I don’t consider it a good model for US policy. It is possible that, if one has the reliable assistance of the holy Spirit, one may ignore incentive problems. But we don’t and had better pay attention to them.
Of course Simon Peter won’t be the Democratic nominee either, partly because he was way too far left for the party and also because he was never a natural born citizen of the United States.
In contrast, I agree with Kasich about the ethics of Medicaid expansion.