Thursday, November 14, 2013

Big Government Fails at Healthcare and Environmental Protection… Can It Get Anything Right?

How well does big government work?

Not at all, judging by the latest news out about the Obamacare website, Even with the assistance of top-notch tech teams, the site – which was opened up at the beginning of October – reportedly won’t be fully functioning even by the end of November.

Can anybody say, “Epic Fail?”

And it’s not just universal healthcare the government can’t get right. It’s also destroying the environment it swears it wants to protect? Why? Because it interferes on a nationwide level instead of letting individual efforts make far smaller and far safer efforts on their own.

Out in the Midwest, government subsidies have pushed and paid farmers to grow corn specifically to be made into ethanol, which President Bush – who wasn’t exactly a fiscal conservative himself – predicted would make America “stronger, cleaner and more secure.”

Or not.

MyWay news reports that “the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today. As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found.

“Five million acres of land set aside for conservation… have vanished on Obama’s watch. Landowners filled in wetlands. They plowed into pristine prairies, releasing carbon dioxide that had been locked in the soil. Sprayers pumped out billions of pounds of fertilizer, some of which seeped into drinking water, contaminated rivers and worsened the huge dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico where marine life can’t survive.

“The consequences are so severe that environmentalists and many scientists have now rejected corn-based ethanol as bad environmental policy. But the Obama administration stands by it, highlighting its benefits to the farming industry rather than any negative impact.”

Judging by these two, enormous, expensive examples, big government fails miserably at taking care of the business it says it’s so eager to handle, prompting honest, intelligent people to ask whether it can get anything right?

So far, the answer seems like an overwhelming, irrefutable “No.”

But hey, it’s not taking that for an answer… Big government never does, no matter how much it has to spend or how much damage it has to do in the process.

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