because the government doesn't do anything right


flagA friend on facebook —

Sent this to me. I do not know its origin. It is pretty brilliant though.



A Day in the Life of An Anti Health Care Reformist

This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the U.S. Department of Energy.

I then took a shower in the clean water provided by a municipal water utility.

After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC-regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like, using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

I watched this while eating my breakfast of U.S. Department of Agriculture-inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

At the appropriate time, as regulated by the U.S. Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-approved automobile and set out to work on the roads built by the local, state, and federal Departments of Transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank.

On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the U.S. Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school.

After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and Fire Marshal’s inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department.

And then I log on to the internet — which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration — and post on and Fox News forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can’t do anything right.


where the art work comes from :
that is from king of the wild frontier

0 Responses to because the government doesn’t do anything right

  1. johnrj08

    This is brilliantly written.

  2. forkboy1965

    I blame Reagan. This is where it sort-of started. With his famous quote “…government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

    With feelings like that about government (and I assume he was only speaking of the Federal government, but militia-types always wind up including any organized government) is it any wonder there is such a wall, such a noise about government funded/sponsored healthcare.

    The story above is a wonderful illustration of the power for good that government has. To protect its people. To educate them so that they make “better” decisions. To make it easier for them to go about their daily lives in security and safety.

    If a Federalized national defense is good because it keeps us safe from our enemies, how is it such a leap of logic to assume that a Federalized system of healthcare, meant to keep us safe and healthy, is a bad thing?

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. tj

    hmmm…..whoever wrote this obviously does not hang out with this anti healthcare reformist…….

  4. jr

    i want to know why these people who say the government can’t do anything right are so darn scared of a government run insurance option that would compete with the other insurance companies!

  5. Max, that is brilliant and I’d like to line back to it be King of the Wild Frontier is not getting me to that blog. Could you give a link?

  6. I’m sorry. Too early in the morning. I now see you don’t know the source. Cool, that’s all I needed!

  7. D.S.

    Excellent, but the author should have gone further. He should have included the part where he sent his children off to public school for their free, public education. And how on the way to work he returned the books he had checked out from the public library. Then he placed a 43-cent stamp on a birthday card and popped it in a U.S. Postal Service mailbox, knowing that this card will be safely delivered to his mother who lives on the other side of the country in just three days. Then that night while he was surfing the internet, he looked at the Dept. of Interior’s website, trying to decide which one of our magnificent national parks he’s going to visit on his next vacation….

  8. dude. i don’t use roads. i got me a off rode veehickle. i don’t eat my breakfast. i shoot it. as fer that toilet water yer tokkin about.. i got a septic tank from a private comp’ny down in Harentown. Sure, i had some dental work done, recently – i tied my tooth the door of my truck.

    as fer the fire department. i say: get them jackboots offa my properties.

    but i’m still supportin’ the young black fella on nationalized medicine: in hope that he will euthanize my wife. she just turned 50.

  9. Devil's Advocate

    This is all very interesting. However, the suggestions by D.S. were probably left out intentionally. Our public libraries are closing because they can’t be funded due to the economy. The postal service is riddled with problems right now. Our public schools are under performing the rest of the modernized world, and the gap is increasing. And, many nuclear waste sights have become National Wildlife Refuges, courtesy of the Department of Interior.

    Our roads and bridges are deteriorating. The electrical grid is strained (although functional).

    Of course, the question is: would the private sector be doing any better??? And, since most of these things aren’t very conducive to profit (barring a monopoly or government regulations to ensure the company doesn’t go under), I guess they couldn’t.

  10. max

    Well I think you are addressing the “economy” there like it is an individual, autonomous entity. The economic problems in this country are not an autonomous entity. They are the result of mishandled tax dollars and unethical business practices. The choice to close libraries is also not a given, that is a choice made by politicians with their own agendas about what matters. And, historically, when Republicans make those decisions, the first things to go are almost always educational institutions and health care. As far as the masses go, sick and ignorant appears to really work for Republicans.

  11. forkboy1965

    Lest us not forget that closing libraries and the like are often the outcome that arrives when voters believe the non-stop Republican mantra that taxes are “bad”, that government is “the problem”, etc.

    It cost money to run libraries, police & fire departments, parks, etc. It would appear that many average, every day voters don’t appreciate what services government provides…until they dry up and disappear. But they should have thought about that when they were screaming about how they are already over-taxed, blah, blah, blah.

  12. max

    Well we are over taxed. Unconstitutionally so too. That whole Boston tea party back in the day? That was about a luxury tax and we are not supposed to be paying a luxury tax on top of a sales tax on top of a state tax on top of a federal tax — there is supposed to be limited scope to taxation. But generally speaking, Republicans raise taxes, empty treasuries, and have to close down services like health and education too. Kinda makes you wonder where the money goes when Republicans are in office.

  13. forkboy1965

    I don’t wonder where it goes. It goes to the military industrial complex. To oil. To everyone who helped get them elected.

    Unfortunately it’s no different with the Democratic Party. Politics was hijacked by money a long time ago and it’s not likely to ever change.

  14. johnrj08

    We are not over-taxed. Tax rates in many other western democracies are significantly above ours. The Netherlands is almost double our tax rate. Of course, they get free health care, which saves everybody thousands of dollars per year in premium and medical costs. Corporate taxes tend to be very high here, but this is an extremely consumer oriented culture so corporate executives are definitely not going to the poor house.

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