Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Respond to failure with greater power?

I read a great quote from Evan Newmark, writing for the Wall Street Journal about the failed attempt to blow up an airliner travelling from Amsterdam to Detroit. His point was that the attempted bombing failed because of a faulty bomb, not because of anything our government did. This is one of those things our government is supposed to do, protect the American people from those who would harm us and yet again they have failed in that task. We have a reasonable expectation considering the amount of money and resources we expend on law enforcement, Homeland Security, TSA, the military and intelligence that we should be able to keep better tabs on people like Umar Abdulmutallab, people we know are bad news. Instead we pull people like me out of line to screen because we don’t want to offend anyone. Here is the quote I really liked (emphasis added):

Of course, the truth about Mr. Abdulmutallab is coming out — and soon it will be clear that the U.S. government failed to do what it was supposed to do.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The government fails all the time: WMDs in Iraq, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, an insolvent Medicare system.

So why is it that many in our country — including most politicians — believe the government should be doing lots of new things when it can’t even get the old things right? Some of those old things like the protection of its citizens?

That is the crux of it. When the Left looks doe-eyed at the government as the solution to all of our problems, they conveniently forget that the government routinely screws up what is already supposed to do. If you have an employee that is incompetent at what they are currently doing, you don’t give them additional responsibilities. You fire them. Instead we are giving a bureaucracy even more power to supposedly reform health care, set compensation levels, regulate an unproven and amorphous threat called “climate change”.

This administration is epitome of what you get when you put a bunch of people who have never had a real job in charge of the United States.
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