Should we continue to expect more from Government? Steve Hill writing for Truthout thinks so. Arguing in support of “better” government, Steve says –
The better conclusion is that government, done correctly, really has an indispensable role to play. An efficient and effective government can improve our lives, whether in times of crisis or over the long haul.
I think he’s dead wrong. What ever for? Government IS the problem in so many ways, I can barely begin to count! Hill’s argument falls flat on it’s face when he say’s ”
Government has been the driving force behind regulating the economy, interest rates and inflation, as well as creating policies that grow and maintain the middle class, such as pro-homeownership, worker protections, the 40 hour work week and paid vacations and holidays.”
Hill is obviously a statist, failing to recognize that the government enforced status-quo he espouses also leads to gross incompetence, excessive taxation, widespread abuse, wanton waste, social inequality, judicial injustice, environmental destruction, species extinction, rampant inflation, urban sprawl, global warming and widespread pollution (and that is the short list!).
Government has no business driving the economy – or maintaining the “middle class” or involving itself in private enterprises whatsoever. Is that the “business” of government, to ensure that we live according to their whims? Where do you and I get a say in their dictates as they govern our lives to the nth degree? The problem with this kind of thinking is the continued fostering of the belief that “We can have a better government. This time”. This old song is so worn out it sounds like two rocks being crushed together, with the people in the middle. We never, ever receive a “better government”, it’s always a non-ending stream of crap and malfeasance and abuse and exertion of preemptive “authority” over our lives.
The argument that Katrina should teach all of us to pine for a “better government” also fails. All of the disaster planning, mitigation and recovery and rebuilding could (and should) have been provided by private organizations, who having a vested interest (money) in performing more than mediocre services such as provided by government.
Do you hire government workers to build your house? Or do you hire government workers to run your business? Or clean up your yard? Why not? Because we all know that governmental bureaucracy and ineptitude is utterly undeniable. But Hill continues his non-nonsensical argument,
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina is a perfect time for Americans of all stripes to reflect on the proper role of government. Who will deny that, for hundreds of thousands from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, whether Republican, Democrat or independent, right now they are wishing they had had more government, not less, prior to the storm and in the days afterward? Yes, it’s true, government can be good for you.
The only part Hill got right was the “proper role of government”. It is not the role of government to come rescue us from disaster, you will like many New Orleans residents, die waiting.
The proper role of government should be to protect the rights of the individual people (not the lobbyist and the corporations). Do I have a “right” to expect the government to “save me” from disaster? Absolutely NOT. It is my responsibility to govern my own life as I see fit, including whether or not I’ve built my house below a government planned and constructed levy .
The nanny-state mindset that Hill and others espouse is absurd. We should be teaching people to be responsible for themselves in all aspects of their lives. A far smaller and slimmed down governement would go a long ways towards that goal.