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Quite the contrary, Americans, depending on the program we look at, are damned good with bureaucracy.  (If you want to see serious incompetence, come to Britain.  America looks like a dream-come-true by comparison.)  Medicare is apparently a great example.  Others on this site will presumably -- having done so in the past -- point to the US Postal Service, although, here, they lose me, as someone who has endured a near-endless number of nightmares with the absolute morons at the USPS and will, consequently, always use FedEx when it is available.

I'm not arguing for privately- or publicly-run welfare.  I'm arguing that Jerome is wrong to assume that the state will cover all the bases.

The free rider problem is a good point, of course, but is it not an even greater problem to have citizens voting for politicians who will increase the budget while cutting their taxes?  Now we've moved into an intergenerational free-rider problem, except that, in this case, kids -- whose federal credit is maxed out by their brainless, spoiled Boomer parents -- have no say in the decision.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Nov 24th, 2006 at 12:47:55 PM EST
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