Standing in line at my local convenience store. I'm buying a soda and a couple of candy bars for my kids. The young 20 something construction worker at the counter next to me is buying a soda and a hot dog. He is short 50 cents on the total. His buddy loans it to him. What kind of a world do we live in? We live in the richest nation on Earth, and we can't even buy a young man a hot dog. Disgusting!
Why should a guy have to pay that much for a soda and a hot dog? When a guy is out working in the sun all day, he needs some food. How is he going to work all afternoon without a hot dog in his stomach. That C-store owner is basically gouging anyone who needs to buy a soda and a hot dog. The price should be much lower than what it is.
A hot dog is a basic necessity of life. The argument could be made that a hot dog for lunch is a right. Think about it. And the fact that it is a right means that the people who control the hot dog should not be able to set the price any way they see fit. There should be some form of control on the price.
I propose a public option on hot dogs. Lets look at the above scenario from a new angle. The young guy goes into the C-store for a hot dog. Instead of worrying about the price, and having to beg from his buddy, he simply picks out a hot dog and carries it to the counter. Heck, he picks out a couple of hot dogs, or as many as he wants. When he gets to the counter he simply says " I am buying these on the public option". The clerk at that point fills out a little online paperwork to be submitted to the govt authorities at the end of the business day. The guy gets his hotdog(s) with no squabbling over price. Simple.
Maybe we could even go one better and set up hot dog stands at all govt buildings. Just cut the greedy C-store owners out of the picture altogether. When a guy needs a hot dog, he just drives over to the nearest govt building. No matter if it is a city, county, or state run building. They could all offer the public dogs. Walk-in and come out with how many dogs you need. The DMV wuold be an excellent place to offer hot dogs. We may have to wait in line while the clerk files her nails or plays solitaire on the computer, but that is something we are all used to anyways.
As far as paying for this thing, we could take money away from some kind of food program. School lunches or food stamps or one of those. Take away what we need to pay for this program and bammo, it is paid for. no need to raise taxes. At least for a while.
Another way that we could keep the costs down are to be reasonable about who can get the public hot dogs. We do not let people over 50 get them. They need to watch their cholesterol and fat intake. Plus they probably do not work that hard anyways. No one who makes over $30,000 per year can get one. They can afford their own. We will do one thing though. Anyone who can get a free hot dog who does not needs to be fined. Here we are giving away free hot dogs to those who can't pay for them, and some guys are not taking advantage of it. That will cost the rest of us money in spoiled hot dogs.
Lets all consider this idea.