Chamblee54

Was It Good For You?

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 22, 2009

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There is a statement about the role of government in our lives. It is floating around the internet. The original statement will be in green below. PG will add comments in blue. These comments are specific to life in Atlanta, GA.
The bottom line is that government plays a huge role in our lives. Even those who (loudly) claim to not like government benefit from its presence. In fact, many of the “small government conservatives” favor the deployment of 200k American troops eight time zones away. Can we say big government?

This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US department of energy.
The regulation of The Southern Company is done by the Georgia Public Service commission. How good a job the PSC does depends on who you talk to. TSC does keep the lights on. The bad news is a heavy dependence on nuclear and coal fired plants. There is  almost no development of solar, or other renewable sources of energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. The water bomb will go off someday in Atlanta. The developers do what they want, and the government refuses to do anything to help. One day the tap will go dry, and five million people will be without water. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the national weather service of the national oceanographic and atmospheric administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the national aeronautics and space administration. The development of weather forecasting technology is a bright spot in the big government picture. The FCC not so much. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US department of agriculture inspected food There is an abundance of relatively safe food today. It is transportation heavy, with all the financial and environmental costs that apply. and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the food and drug administration. There is much good and bad here. The war on fun drugs is a disaster. While prescriptions are regulated, there is much corruption, and profiteering by big pharma. Many countries get a better return on the drug dollar than we do here
At the appropriate time as regulated by the US congress and kept accurate by the national institute of standards and technology and the US naval observatory, Standard time was an invention of the railroads. Modern life without it is inconceivable. While the government does regulate this, it is not beyond reason that a private concern could not do as well. But, what would be the advantage of that? I get into my national highway traffic safety administration approved automobile Many of the problems and benefits of regulation can be seen here. Yes, some problems are alleviated. However, the system is subject to corruption and political shenanigans. and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, This is one thing the government does fairly well, albeit with a lot of corruption and human error. Some see this as a model for health care…i.e., health care is seen as being in the domain of government the way that road building is today possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the environmental protection agency, Oh the problems and benefits of oil. Much of what we need is bought from dreadful governments, who use the profits to do awful things. using legal tender issed by the federal reserve bank. The Federal Reserve is a highly controversial, much misunderstood institution On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US postal service and drop the kids off at the public school. These are needed institutions that are conceded to be the domain of government. The talk radio crowd loves to bash them. Both no doubt could be improved, but are we willing to spend the money to do this?
After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the department of labor and the occupational safety and health administration, These regulations are imperfect, but do help enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal’s inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department. Public safety and building inspections are two more functions that are conceded to be the domain of government. The job of the police is made more difficult because of the war on drugs.
I then log on to the internet which was developed by the defense advanced research projects administration and post on freerepublic.com and fox news forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can’t do anything right.

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  1. activecitizen54 said, on August 22, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Additionally the waste, fraud and excessive administrative costs of health care experienced in the private sector are not present at the same level in Medicare and Medicaid. We have the VA hospital system as a good example of national health care gone badly but the repairs to that system are rapidly working through.
    For those who are concerned about funding please cut and paste this link:
    http://costofwar.com/
    Understand this doesn’t include the cost of Military Contractors paid for by the USA.
    Also this link provides some other useful info…
    http://www.nchc.org/facts/cost.shtml


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