to all my non-libertarian lefty nay-saying friends
this is the ignorant stuff that profoundly pisses me off. do people not think beyond their own in-the-air noses???
i am a libertarian in philosophy, AND I AM FOR EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT.
i am a libertarian in philosophy, AND I AM FOR EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT SOCIAL PROGRAMS AND PROTECTIONS.
the effective word above is "effective", and this is where the lefties stop listening, and the logical tragedy occurs.
take the EPA. we are all better off for it cracking down on corporate polluters. in fact, we'd all be better better off for it if they cracked down HARDER on corporate polluters. i live RIGHT NEXT to a superfund site for which not one single finger has been lifted to address the known carcinogenic poisons permeating the ground. i am ALL FOR doing more about it.
want to know what the EPA is on about these days while they're not doing enough to address these environmental scofflaws? they're regulating gas can lids--you know, the little screw-top caps that sit on all those red plastic gas cans people use to ferry fuel back to their lawnmowers and hedge trimmers? yeah, those things. well, here's a bit overlong but extremely thorough analysis of the new EPA-mandated gas can lids that your and my tax dollars have paid to require: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhOCC2-R8fo. and i'm willing to bet you a paycheck right here and right now that this is exactly why a 6 gallon plastic container lists at more than $20 at kmart.
yup, we pay millions in taxes so that our gas cans can cost double what they should AND SPILL MORE GAS THAN EVER. (oh, and don't forget, EPA enforcement agents have just been issued hundreds of thousands of hollow point bullets, which are forbidden by the geneva convention, by the way, even for use in a war for chrissakes, just in case the police can't control the lid scofflaws).
it's all stupid.
but my lefty friends are all for more government because the environment isn't clean enough. and they insist that a streamlined EPA will only allow "almighty market forces run amok". and they refuse to read a newspaper or read a magazine to learn exactly what the EPA is actually up to.
my good god, it even gets worse.
the department of housing and urban development, or HUD, is intended to protect our most vulnerable from the scourge of "social darwinism". let's stipulate here and now that there are too many people in this country lacking adequate shelter, and we need to house MORE of them, not live with the status quo. so want to guess what HUD has been up to for the last 30 years? have a quick read through this summary and educate yourself. while you, all the lefties, and me have been sleeping, HUD has been spending YOUR TAX DOLLARS doing things like converting aircraft carriers into museums, and stealing vast sums from assistance budgets to reimburse executive travel. (when andy cuomo was ASSISTANT secretary, one year his travel costs alone topped more than one million dollars).
you want a clean environment? you want to house those most in need?
smarten up. that same bureaucracy that's bankrupted us is working AGAINST your intentions.
we need to do better. we ALL do.