Tuesday, July 28, 2009

For my wife's boss, and, well, everyone

by Smitty

If a hurricane doesn't leave you dead
It will make you strong
Don't try to explain it just nod your head
Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On
This is a fundamental difference between the Nietzschean fury of a Katrina and a bureaucratic plaster cast from your Progressive: the former is acute and the latter chronic.
Weathering the former indeed strengthens. The latter, like the Federal government, might offer some acute help with a problem. Left in place longer than necessary, that bureaucracy breeds weakness. Nothing less that catastrophic economic failure can hope to free an atrophied limb trapped in a bureaucratic cast. Look a the cast of millions stuck in California for an example.
This is not a pure Libertarian 'government==evil' riff. When you have a Katrina, the availability of resources is a cracking Good Thing. This is merely making a point that one of the addressing acute problems through chronic means triggers a requirement for Somebody to remove the chronic means, before they breed additional problems.
OK, that never happens: like the 111th Congress, we legislate in haste, and repent at leisure. This wisdom propelled the Framers to ratify the 10th Amendment. "We the People" are just now awakening to the perils.
Anyone else join me in a 'Buffet for POTUS'? Sure, he'd legalize marijuana. However, I'm prepared to avoid inhaling, if the rest of his policies compensate.

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