Monday, September 1, 2008

Libertarianism, Republicans, and Natural disasters

A recent report by the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security said that the FEMA has made only “limited progress” in the area of “mission assignments” — that is, in its ability to coordinate the response to a crisis. So FEMA still isn’t up to carrying out its principal task.

That’s no accident. FEMA’s degradation, from one of the government’s most admired agencies to a laughingstock, wasn’t an isolated event; it was the result of the G.O.P.’s underlying philosophy. Simply put, when the government is run by a political party committed to the belief that government is always the problem, never the solution, that belief tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Key priorities are neglected; key functions are privatized; and key people, the competent public servants who make government work, either leave or are driven out.

Yasmin and Abe, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this Ron Paul's philosophy as well?

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