Morton Marcus is right when he says [in the Sept. 13 issue], “Gutless government avoids political risk.”
I just differ with him on which items on the list of government activities, or lack thereof, constitute such “gutlessness.”
Marcus sites “privatizing” certain activities as evidence. Actually, I think privatizing certain governmental activities makes sense when doing so allows for better service at a better price for the citizen/consumer. Frankly, a lot more could be done in this area to reduce the tax burden yet provide better services.
My examples are as follows:
• Wanting to tax the “rich” because they can afford it. After all, the rich are few and we can vote to take all of their money if we want, right?
• Encouraging people with no income to take home loans they don’t have a prayer of paying back and then blaming “Republicans” for the meltdown.
• Building huge fiefdoms in Washington, D.C. at enormous cost with little benefit and then castigating the people for not paying enough in taxes—see Departments of Education and Energy;
• Blaming doctors and insurance companies for the outlandish rise in health care costs when the trial lawyers and government are main culprits.
• Standing up for those who put a crucifix in urine on the basis of “freedom of expression” yet condemning those who oppose the “Ground Zero Mosque” as haters.
Government is gutless and we who keep electing these bozos are the real culprits!