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Can Government Do Anything Well?

Don11646 Wrote: Apr 13, 2012 9:13 AM
George: That's a good one. Several years ago, I received a letter in my box - in NC. It was mailed from an address in Alabama to another address in another town in Alabama, yet it came to my box in North Carolina. Also, one time I mailed my property tax check to the tax collector. I dropped the letter in the Post Office street box, right at the Post Office in my city. The tax collector's office was four blocks from the Post Office. The letter was not delivered, so I had to pay a late fee, by the time I knew of the problem. After exactly 80 days, my letter was delivered. 80 days to go four blocks. And they want to do health care. NO!

I'm suspicious of superstitions, like astrology or the belief that "green jobs will fix the environment and the economy." I understand the appeal of such beliefs. People crave simple answers and want to believe that some higher power determines our fates.

The most socially destructive superstition of all is the intuitively appealing belief that problems are best solved by government.

Opinion polls suggest that Americans are dissatisfied with government. Yet whenever another crisis hits, the natural human instinct is to say, "Why doesn't the government do something?"

And politicians appear to be problem-solvers. We believe them when they say, "Yes, we...