Government: Just a Word for Lines We Stand In Together

Yep, the bigger we make government and the more power we give it, the better – via Hot Air:

The number of veterans seeking health care but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50 percent higher now than it was a year ago when a scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported. The VA also faces a budget shortfall of nearly $3 billion, the Times reported in a story posted online ahead of its Sunday editions. The agency is considering furloughs, hiring freezes and other significant moves to reduce the gap, the newspaper reported. In the last year, the VA has increased capacity by more than 7 million patient visits per year, double what officials originally thought they needed to fix shortcomings, the Times reported. However, the newspaper added, department officials did not anticipate just how much physician workloads and demand from veterans would continue to soar. At some major veterans hospitals, demand was up by one-fifth, the paper reported.

Our Big Government liberals will naturally call for more money and more bureaucrats. They will never understand that the primary purpose of government, as conducted by its officials, is to increase the power and wealth of government. Even when we restrict government to its most narrow, constitutionally-mandated powers, those in it will still be seeking after themselves, first – and the people, at best, a distant second in their concerns. It is just the way things are. People are like that. A bureaucrat has a choice in how to spend his day: vigorously working for the people (for which he will get no additional pay or benefits), or vigorously working the system to benefit himself. Guess which way things go? And this is true even if a majority of the bureaucrats are selfless – it only takes a few in the mix who are self-serving to ensure the whole system is screwed up.

The bigger the government gets the less capable it will be in doing what we want it to do. You see it, yourself, every day – schools that don’t teach; roads that are in disrepair, etc. We’re spending vastly more – in real dollars and per capita – on all things government than we ever were and things just keep getting worse. More run down, more difficult to accomplish, more lengthy in process, more expensive in the end. We need to spend a decade repealing laws and cutting down the size of government just to get to a point where the human mind can start to comprehend the scope of it and decide what to do.

10 thoughts on “Government: Just a Word for Lines We Stand In Together

  1. Retired Spook June 23, 2015 / 7:46 am

    roads that are in disrepair

    One of my favorite (in a bad way) icons of government road repair is the picture of 4 guys on a work crew. One is actively working while the other 3 are standing around leaning on their shovels. It’s rare to pass an actual worksite and not see some variation of this, and it doesn’t seem to matter what level of government is involved.

  2. Cluster June 23, 2015 / 8:17 am

    I read this article the other day and had to shake my head. We are living in a surreal world these days where nothing makes sense, incompetence rules, results mean nothing, and if you question the status quo, you’re an extremist. It’s hard to wrap your head around.

    Meanwhile, Salon has become unapologetically socialist predicting that Hillary will lose the primary to Bernie Sanders, and proclaiming in another article:

    Rich People are the F****** Worst

    And according to the author, this is because:

    What these people exhibit, apart from their smugness, is a complete absence of any sense of collective responsibility.

    Collective responsibility – and it’s all the fault of rich people.

    And how about this – Ezra Klein yesterday said that if the SC rules against Federal subsidies in the ACA, it will be the fault of …. wait for it …..Republicans. Yes, you read that right. A law that was written exclusively by progressives and passed solely by Democrats will become the Republicans responsibility if the SC strikes it down.

    Democrats and progressives are nothing more than unruly children who should no longer be taken seriously.

    • Amazona June 23, 2015 / 10:00 am

      It’s pretty obvious that the writer of the Salon piece doesn’t actually KNOW many (or any) “rich people” but has bought into the cartoonish stereotype. “Smug”? Oooooohhhhh, the HORROR!

      There is nothing more smug than a Liberal, who believes he can lay claim to the Higher Moral Ground by being FOR certain things without ever going beyond that to actually DO anything. There is no one more smug than a Liberal who has set up a dichotomy in which anyone who does not advocate Big/Bigger/Biggest Government as a “solution” for problems is by definition happy that the problems exist, and therefore an inferior human being. If you want to see the face of smug, look at the faces of “protesters” squealing in outrage at the Protest Flavor Of The Month. If you were to run their shrieks through a translator they would always come out as “I’m right and you’re wrong and that is why I am so much better than you”.

      As usual, the Salon piece depends heavily on redefining terms, from “smug” to “rich”. I am quite sure that the “rich people” excoriated in the headline do not include the Clintons, or the newly-rich-once-he-gained-political-power Obamas, or Soros, or their Hollyweird kneepadders, or any of the other Leftist fat cats backing Leftist agendas.

  3. Cluster June 23, 2015 / 9:53 am

    And it gets even more surreal:

    Piers Morgan ✔@piersmorgan
    What would I do with white people who use the N-word? Jail them.
    11:16 AM – 22 Jun 2015

    • Amazona June 23, 2015 / 10:10 am

      And what would be the basis for this jailing? Are there other words Piers Orwell Morgan would like to have banned, with jail as the penalty for using them? Perhaps he has a list of words that he finds so offensive there can be no adequate penalty for their use, short of imprisonment. There are words for Italians, Latinos, Asians, Jews, women, homosexuals, mentally and physically impaired, people who drink too much, people who use drugs, and so on.

      Maybe he thinks it would be appropriate to jail someone who uses the word “Piers” to describe someone who is abysmally stupid and proud of it.

      Of course, I think that should be applauded, not punished.

      What if the word is used by a white person who has chosen to self-identify as black? What if the word is used by a person who is only partially white? Does the amount of melanin in the skin determine the legal right to use the word? Can it be used by a Latino? An Asian? Someone from India? An Arab? What if the offending word used by the “white” person is really “niggardly”, which has nothing to do with race or color,but it is misunderstood by some ignorant self-identified arbiter of language use?

      I would much prefer to be around someone who is “smug” because he has achieved financial success than one who is smug about his stupidity.

      • Cluster June 23, 2015 / 10:20 am

        What if the word is used by a white person who has chosen to self-identify as black?

        LMAO. Priceless.

  4. Cluster June 23, 2015 / 10:31 am

    And even more inanity from Mr. Morgan:

    PIERS MORGAN: Good riddance to the Confederate Flag, but it wasn’t a piece of cloth that killed nine people in Charleston, it was a gun

    So it was the gun. That damn gun picked itself up from the table, walked into the church, and fired on those people. Shouldn’t we then release Mr. Roof?

    • M. Noonan June 23, 2015 / 2:07 pm

      They don’t realize the illogic of their own statements.

    • Amazona June 23, 2015 / 1:11 pm

      But Cluster, we don’t have the right to impose our race-centric white Judeo-Christian imperialist values on a people who are simply following the dictates of their own culture.

      Besides, all the Left has to do is tweet that the above atrocities are, well, you know, mean and they have achieved their own Higher Moral Ground. What more do you WANT from them?

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