This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while eating breakfast of US Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the Food and Drug Administration.
At the appropriate time as regulated by the US Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory. I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads built by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to send via the US Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school.
After work, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to a house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal's inspection, and which has not been plundered of all it's valuables thanks to the local police department.
I then log on to the internet which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration and post on freerepublic.com and Fox News forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can't do anything right.
I don’t even know where to begin, but DOT could take up several pages.
I guess that person never heard of Amtrak, or bore witness to the spectacle that is Government Housing.
....or ever toured New Orleans lately.
And, all those projects, programs, regulations, have been paid for by the taxpayers of this country. They belong to us, not the government.
And we’ve paid for every one of these things and continue to pay long after their useful life has run out and have to use them even if a private company could have done a better job of it for a much smaller price.
Our government supposedly protects us from monopolies while using their power and our money to monoplize anything they can.
Fawn - I suggest that you read the 1950’s essay “I, Pencil” - which is a grade-school level (appropriate for you, perhaps) discussion of how something very very simple looking (a pencil) - requires a great deal of knowledge to fabricate. It also requires a FREE MARKET to work EFFICIENTLY!!
Yes, the government can have programs that work - but the smaller the program, the more likely it can be managed and yield useful results. The more complex - the more expensive and inefficient it becomes.
And if we went through your list of “government good” - item by item, we could identify many many areas where it isn’t the government - but private sector efforts. Most of the roads/infrastructure were built by private sector companies COMPETING in a free market. (And states and counties with their government road department - costs are often much higher and work is less efficient.)
Building codes, electrical codes - guess what - they are usually the result of private groups who come up with codes that the governments at various levels will adopt and reference. (The National Electric Code - NEC - wasn’t developed and updated by a government group, in spite of its name!!)
The FDA is a classic example where the FDA has become over-extended. The FDA imposes more and more regulations, more and more delays on the release of new drugs - including drugs that have already been approved in Europe or Asia. Some federal bureaucrat knows that if he approves a bad drug, he comes under scrutiny that he would like to avoid - but if he delays for years a good drug - at present, there are no consequences from withholding a beneficial drug from those that need it. There are lots of examples where existing miracle drugs in use today took extra (unnecessary) years to get approval because of some one who was afraid to make a decision!
The car you drove ...built by private enterprise. Wait til the government controls car companies (oops - they already do - at least 2 of the 3.) Most power generated in the US is the result of private companies building power plants. And even public utilities had private companies build the power plants that provide power!
Heck - I believe that the government CAN do some useful things - the military is one example of good results, and I would certainly not want to privatize the military. The government can be a tolerable solution for common good - like raising money through user fees and contracting out the building of projects with those fees. Gas taxes raise funds to allow road building, which everyone benefits from. A totally private sector solution might be difficult to implement.
But - having given a sense that your arguments were frivolous - lets consider how inefficient a large Postal System is (and the billions of dollars lost every year.) Lets consider that the Medicare and Medicatd systems are very inefficient, loose more than private insurance systems through Waste, Fraud and Abuse. The studies show that the government medical systems REFUSE payments at a higher rate that private insurances!! We will have a much larger system (more government employees) - higher administrative costs, and more burden on the doctors and hospitals - meaning less money for treatment and more money lost in the process!!
Bottom line - do you want more/bigger government? Do you think that medical innovation will benefit by making everyone kow-tow to more levels of oversight (think of the FDA times 100)? Costs will go up, and quality will go down.
Go back to the beginning. Read the essay “I, Pencil” - and consider how individual responsibility and private free market forces can result in higher quality, more innovation and better results. Even now, proof of this can be seen in areas like Lasik Eye Surgery - something usually not covered by any medical insurance plans (government or private) - yet higher quality systems continue to be developed that offer better results, while bringing costs down lower, year after year. That will be lost when the Feds control ALL medical procedures.
The person in a strange way is saying we have lived beyond socialism so why are people only waking up at ObamaCare?
Obama and his commie back yard gang of thugs have blatently
said they will now move to energy and some other billion dollar bogus jobs bill to pay off more of his cronies and probably ACORN (or whatever their new name is)
Transportation-Due to AMTRACK crashes they took it over and it is almost complete
Banks Well on their way to full control
Health Care and all the insurance companies
Energy almost complete
Jobs (See Obama bull crap web page)
Community Outreach (See community volunteer force via Obama)
Auto Insurance (just try to lapse one payment you will be fined to death)
Taxes on every front porch. deck and thing we build or buy (next they will tax for flatulance)
WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!! We need NO MORE IRS we need more than just a republican to lead half-ass socialism.We need clened up from the bottom before it is too late. If the GOP will do this they HAVE MY VOTE!!! If they don’t they can go to hell with the rest of them. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!
WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!! We need NO MORE IRS we need more than just a republican to lead half-ass socialism.We need cleaned up from the bottom before it is too late. If the GOP will do this they HAVE MY VOTE!!! If they dont they can go to hell with the rest of them. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!
To that, offer this:
-Gvt run schools
...I could go on
I just had to modify your “friend’s” post.
This is how it will be written in a few years:
This morning I slept late because the alarm clock didn’t work; the electric utilities mandatory rationing policy left power off between 2:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.. It didn’t matter anyway because I’m still looking for employment since Caterpillar shut down, and the stimulus jobs I’ve heard about aren’t there. Anyway, it was freezing in the house because the government-controlled thermostat had the temperature at 60 degrees. Well, it’s all about saving the earth, so I guess it’s OK! After that, I turned on the TV to watch the re-run of President 0bama’s major policy speech last night, which was followed by an hour of favorable commentary by the network pundits. I watched this while having my food rationed breakfast, limited to 450 calories as prescribed by the Department of Agriculture and Health Administration.
Then I took my son outside to stand in line for the public transportation bus to take him to the government health clinic. It’s been so cold in the house he caught a sinus infection and hasn’t been able to shake it, but fortunately I was able to bribe the appointments secretary at the clinic last month to get him an appointment as early as today. Unfortunately, the public transport was late; it seems that the battery had gotten old and the local government didn’t get the federal grant they wanted to get a new one. They say the Chinese have cut back on shipments of new batteries to America because “our money is no good.” So the old battery didn’t hold a charge when they tried to re-charge it last night and we had to wait while they rounded up a spare.
Well, we did finally make it to the clinic, but we were late so we didn’t get to have our appointment with the doctor. Now we either have to wait another two months or I’ll have to bribe the appointment secretary again. So my son missed school again today, and he’ll be late handing in his paper on how Barack 0bama has transcended a racially bigoted society to bring us all a new hope.
When we finally got back home, the officers from the Environmental Compliance Office were there to do another random inspection. The discovered that I had not had the properly licensed government contractor clean out my air ducts within the last year. I intended to get around to it but hadn’t. But because I’d declared that the ducts had been cleaned on my 1040 tax form, they assessed an environmental late fee AND a tax penalty on me. That’s going to come out of my government housing and energy stipend, so it means we are going to have to not use any water for one day per week, and there will be 2 additional hours of no electricity in the flat per day. The only other thing would be to see if I could find some cash only odd jobs around the neighborhood, but since they took down all border restrictions ten years ago, all those jobs have been filled by our Latino friends. You know, the ones who live in the nice houses down by the lake where we used to live. Now they have all the cash and the Inspectors never seem to go check them for compliance.
Sometimes I’m so frustrated I wish I could vent about it, but since the short list of approved internet sites runs scans for “hate speech” for anyone who is deemed to criticize government policies, I’d better just keep things to myself...
Time is too scarce. Don’t let total toady’s, years away from taking the “red pill,” even get on the radar with you... If it makes you feel better, just remember that all we have to do (independently of us isolating ourselves from this train wreck) is just LEAVE THEM ALONE. The course has been set, history is clear, they will wake up about the time the Doritos bag is empty, and gubmint inflates the currency and emphatically insists that the check is in the mail.
He’ll get his fat ass out of the cart and choke on the memory of erstwhile mules.