Think about it. Have you ever sought government service on anything? Maybe you got a driver's license renewed or had a property tax problem or maybe got a ticket from a red-light camera that didn't seem fair or possibly had a probate issue or something. Did you come away from the experience ready to give the bureaucrat a five star rating for service, efficiency, courtesy, job knowledge and promptness? I'm betting not.
Why then do we default to dependence upon government to be the best agency to handle major problems?
We are getting wall-to-wall, 24/7 coverage of Gulf oil spill issues. The Bamster is on a whistle-stop tour of the beaches visiting every state (except Texas so far) and pontificating about evil BP, the magnificence of his intervention, the disaster that dependence upon oil has caused, the length of the recovery and the future of a world with carbon cap and trade in place. Then he assuages the local governors with a short ad campaign for the vast number of undamaged beaches. Wrap it all up with a sno-cone, a Bushwacker, a plate of craw-dad tails or some shrimp scampi to prove that he's just one of the Cajuns and the seafood is still safe to eat.
All of that raises more questions than it answers. How bad is the spill? Can we overlook the Rahm Axiom about never letting a crisis go to waste? Could the administration be so base as to actively be exacerbating the problem? Read this:
The Roads Not Taken
The documentation of remedies proposed and refused is stunning. Worst of all, it isn't difficult to add to the list. What can we conclude? What's the objective here?