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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Controversy Always Finds Government

Government always seems to be at the center of controversy. For example, there is the war in Iraq, in which the government has involved the country. There is the delayed and inadequate reaction by the federal and local governments to Hurricane Katrina. There is the same-sex marriage “debate.” There is school finance reform in Texas, social security reform, abortion, and flag burning. The list of points of contention could go on.

Is the ability of government to embroil itself in conflict a result of it falling upon government to deal with divisive issues that the private sector is not capable of resolving? Does the discord result from people who are drawn to government service being generally incompetent and in it to enrich themselves?

3 Comments:

  • One could argue that this is the price we pay for big government. Most of the government agencies we have and rely upon today are no older than the dawn of the 20th Century. The more Government becomes centralized and the more power that's taken away from the states, the more the Government is going to have to answer for controversial decisions and issues.

    I don't know that it's a failing on the government, rather I think it's an inevitable product of government control

    By Blogger Steve, at 7:43 AM, November 30, 2005  

  • As you know, I work for the government and being generally anti-big government, I have learned through experience that the game is the problem moreso than the actual government. The game involves a lot of players - the bureaucrats, the managerial bureacrats, the close-to-retirement bureacrats (moving on to "consulting" jobs in "retirement"), the corporate lobbyists and corporate attorneys (to sue the government for regulating their clients), the corporate liasons and workers (they are generally nicer than their lobbyists and lawyers), the activists (the a$$holes who complain government is slow, but take up all of our time with tedious open records requests demanding photocopies of all of the yellow post-its in my cube...)

    I digress.... It's really the fault of everyone. Government is as competent as the people it governs.

    I hate to say it, but America is full of incompetent folks....

    By Blogger Ashley, at 7:07 PM, November 30, 2005  

  • No! Americans? Incompetent? That's probably one of the nicer things that could be said about Americans.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 2:49 AM, December 01, 2005  

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