Government Does Very Few Things Well
By Doug Patton Tuesday, June 12, 2012
It is almost axiomatic that if something can be done efficiently by the private sector, local government will try to restrict it, tax it, regulate it or take it over. If local government somehow manages to do something well, state officials will do their best to make sure responsibility for that thing is transferred to them. And if, by some miracle, state government is in charge of a thing that is functioning properly and economically, you can rest assured the feds will conclude that, against all logic and historical evidence, they are the entity that can best serve the public in that area.
That is almost never the case, and yet, gallingly, as Ronald Reagan once said, the closest thing we have to eternal life on this earth is a federal government program.
Which is precisely why the excesses of unfettered Democrat rule from January 2009 to January 2011 was an economic disaster that dwarfed the reckless spending of the Bush administration by a measure unimaginable, pre-Obama. Take Obamacare (please!). If the U.S. Supreme Court does not strike down this monstrosity, in a generation it will become the untouchable bureaucratic monster of the 21st century — not unlike Social Security and Medicare — a massive entitlement program that will attach itself to our body politic like a barnacle to the bottom of a decrepit, sinking ship.
Americans work hard for their wages, and government takes an obscene amount of it in taxes — tax revenue Barack Obama has wasted at a greater rate than most administrations have spent in total. This was never clearer than when contemplating the ongoing struggle to build a new V.A. Hospital in Omaha to serve veterans in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.
The current facility, built more than six decades ago, has administered medical care for three generations of veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, the ongoing war in Afghanistan and countless vets who served in peacetime. Unlike most of what the federal government does, this is a service that it should be in the business of providing.
The projected cost of replacing the aging Omaha building is $560 million, a number that jumped off the newspaper page at me, not because it was so high (although it obviously is) but rather because it is so similar to the amount Barack Obama threw down that now-infamous green energy rat hole known as Solyndra…….
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- Damon Root on the Libertarian Legal Movement vs. ObamaCare (reason.com)
- Mitt Romney’s Campaign Is Very Confused About Obama’s Position On Public Sector Hiring (businessinsider.com)
- President Obama’s ‘private sector’ gaffe a possible window to soul like other recent gaffes (boston.com)
- Kansas immigration debate still a stalemate (kansascity.com)
- Neither Obama Nor The Private Sector Is Doing Fine (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
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