The New York Times reported that the United States has suspended its evacuation flights of critically injured Haitian earthquake victims. This suspension is the result of disputes over who will pay for the efforts. The flights were stopped by the military when Florida’s Governor Charlie Crist asked the federal government to shoulder some of the costs.
The cancellation of the critical-care flights is another example of government ineptness. While it is unlikely that bad intent is involved, the fact is that people are dying because of this bad decision. Like the government’s inept response to hurricane Katrina, the government gets it wrong again in Haiti.
On a nearly a daily basis we continually see the failings of governmental decisions. It is remarkable that with this poor track record that Progressives and modern Liberals continue to suggest that we depend more on government instead of less. While we can see the flaws of insurance companies managing medical decisions, we cannot see the illogic of turning these decisions over to the government with its dismal track record.
Governments are incompetent because of their bureaucratic structure. Not only is this structure complex with many competing departments, but governments also reward those who make safe decisions, not necessarily quality decisions.
Because of the inherent weakness of governments, one of America’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, said: “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” We would do well to take Jefferson’s advice today.