Comment: This warrants more than a one sentence answer, but...

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This warrants more than a one sentence answer, but...

if I was forced to limit my response, I would say something to the effect - "If you think everyone in America should have nice shoes, should you be able to use the force of law to compel me to pay to fulfill your desire to provide those shoes?"

I would try to add - "After all, people have to use their feet to work. If everyone had suitable footwear, the productivity of the nation may improve 10-fold. Who knows maybe we can prevent lower back problems and increase productivity even more! It's settled - Nice footwear must be made a right! Free orthopedic footwear for everyone!"

Before one knows it, no individual has any personal responsibility for anything. All the productive people come to believe that they owe all their labor to 'society,' and all the unproductive people come to believe that 'society' owes them everything. The number of the unproductive swell as the productive become tired of being milked. Eventually no one cares, and 'society' becomes unable to sustain itself.