It seems like once a day when I am bombarded with someone saying that we should have government run health care because the government can do it better than it is done privately usually by saying they can foster competition which makes the assumption that the government can do it cheaper. Really? This coming from the same entity famous for the $200 hammer? Here are some of the more compelling reasons of which I can think, that I plan on bringing up the next time I hear the words that the government can do it better.
1. The Internal Revenue Service - The entire purpose of this organization is to raise revenues to finance our government and the easiest way they have found to do this is with our current tax code that is tens of thousands of pages long and growing. It is written in such a manner that even a rocket scientist can't understand it and so full of loopholes that it couldn't even be used to hold a basket of balls.
2. Social Security - This program was set up because the government could do a better job managing our retirement than we could and yet it is set to go bust in 2041 by some estimates.
3. Medicare - Like Social Security, this government run program is slated to go bust in 2020. Already this program is upside down meaning that benefits are already exceeding program income.
4. Department of Education - The United States was first in the world twenty years ago but now we are ninth among industrialized nations when comparing adults with high school diplomas. If you compare math knowledge, we are 24th, in science, 31rst.
5. Prohibition - When we proved to irresponsible to drink, the government took over this part of our lives too and succeeded brilliantly until it finally ended only 13 years later.
6. Iraq - I just read where the incoming college freshman has never known a time when we weren't in Iraq.
7. Fanny Mae/Freddie Mac - I think the economy speaks for itself.
8. FEMA - It's role according to it's own website it to prepare for, prevent, mitigate the effects of, respond to and recover from all domestic disasters. To rebut this, one only has to say "New Orleans" or my favorite, "You're doing a heck of a job Brownie."
9. Army Corps of Engineers - Single handedly destroying are salmon industry and allowing the west to build huge cities in the 'great American desert' by promising them water based upon averages taken during historically wet times.
10. Bureau of Land Management - an agency to provide cheap grazing to a few select ranchers and thus subsidizing western beef production.
11. Bureau of Reclamation - a department which had to try multiple times to get people to build in the previously mentioned 'Great American Desert' by giving huge tracts of land away to those willing to irrigate it with help from the Army Corps of Engineers. Only trouble is that long-term irrigation causes salt to build up and thus destroying the arid land even further. Not to worry, Secretary Salazar just threw $11.1 Million in grants towards the Colorado River Basinwide Salinity Control Program. Is the whole they are digging getting deeper?
12. Intelligence FBI/CIA - We now know that we knew about Pearl Harbor before it happened and we knew about the hijackers before 9/11 and yet we were powerless to stop either. So what do we do, create a bigger government program called Homeland Security.
13. NASA - An institute that some people call 'Legalized Theft.' After almost three decades of maintaining a reusable shuttle, we are almost rid of that boondoggle that got built only because the government went against all the experts and said they could do reusable cheaper.
These are off the top of my head and looking at the list of government run departments and programs, there are literally thousands out there that are probably worse run than these. Unless you disagree and think that the government has done a better job at running these examples than the private sector could, how can you possibly feel a government run health care is better than what we have? Yes I will agree that reform is necessary but letting the government get their hands on it is the LAST thing we should do.
I'll close with this little gem said by Ronald Regan. "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!"