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Archive for the ‘Term Limits’ Category

Haitian Relief Efforts; Another Governmental Failure

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 30, 2010

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.

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We Need Term Limits

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 3, 2009

The photo below is becoming infamous in the blogosphere.  It shows Connecticut House minority leader, Lawrence Cafero Jr., speaking to his fellow representatives about a state budget vote while some colleagues play Solitaire.  Important diversions such as this may help explain why some of our legislatures have not had the time to read the thousand page bills passed this past spring.

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Dear readers, the problem is not individual politicians, but is more systemic.  When elected officials become professional long-term politicians, they are prey to special interests.  This is especially dangerous when they are spending other people’s money.  The only practical solution is term limits.

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