Santa Claus is an interesting figure in human history and culture. The unique position Santa Claus holds is quite amazing. Democrats, Republicans, people of many nations of the earth, all seem to be able to unify during this season of the year under Christmas' spokesperson - Santa Claus. In one sense Santa has occupied a position that God himself has not achieved in the world today. People don't go to war over their belief in Santa Claus no matter what it looks like on Black Friday.
push by Democrats to pass sweeping health care reform by Christmas day, I find some value (perhaps facetiously) in asking WWSD, or What Would Santa Do? What party would Santa Claus be? More specifically, what would Santa feel about the Health Care reform and Nationalized Health Care?
If we consider the nature of Santa Claus, a man who operates outside of governmental regulation to do his good deeds every year (meaning his kind acts and charity are done without tax, without a government program to facilitate it), I would consider Santa Claus to be a character against nationalized health care. What if Santa's charity was regulated by the government? Government regulations would slow down the gift giving process as they would need to go through testing processes, Santa would have to go through customs at every state, worry about import and export taxes between the nations, he would probably have to be licensed in every state by some new government bureau (The State Department of Gift Giving - Obama would have a Gift Czar to make sure nobody got more gifts than someone else) and Santa would have to install a GPS locator on his Sleigh so that the military could monitor his flight patterns ensuring that Santa's sled wouldn't be hijacked by a terrorist and flown into FAO Schwarz.
Santa makes a list of who is naughty and nice. He doesn't give to everyone. Naughty people don't get presents. Nice people get presents based on how nice they have been and what they want, not what Santa thinks we need. It would seem that there is a clear idea here that Santa Claus has rules when it comes to who gets the benefits of his charity. In this sense, Santa encourages the best behaviors and rewards those behaviors accordingly. Santa would not have given AIG billions of dollars for their poor business performance. Plus, Santa hired elves (a minority) without affirmative action and treats the environment well by using non-gas powered transportation that runs on renewable energy. He was doing that way before Al Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth!"
Santa Claus is a symbol of the human spirit and that all that is good and charitable in this world is done without government regulation. In my opinion, Santa would be a libertarian and certainly against a system of Nationalized Health care as a result.