Government Employees Shouldn’t be Praised

Posted on November 5, 2010 by

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It is an exhilarating experience watching the Indianapolis Colts as they decimate their opponents live at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Intermittently throughout the game, however, the announcer takes time to thank soldiers, police, and curiously enough the FBI.  As Indiana elects new leaders into office what better time than now to question every part of our government leaving no sacred cows?  What if it is all a lie?  What if we shouldn’t thank these well praised government workers but question their reason for being?

The unfortunate task of refuting sacred cows is the ease at which simple ideas get spread to the public at the expense of ideas that require more rigorous thinking.  In legislation it is often the most superficial arguments that win.  In fact, legislators need only to name a bill with certain words and it is almost political suicide to vote against.  Vote for the “Patriot Act” if you are patriotic, the new “stimulus bill” if you want the economy stimulated, the “War on Drugs” if you want to see them abolished.  However, there are good reasons to believe that almost every piece of legislation passed does the exact opposite of what it is intended to do.

The “War on Terror” is an example of this.  This war on terror is causing more damage than good.  Chalmers Johnson popularized the CIA term “Blowback” which claims that there are unintended consequences of covert operations in other countries when innocent bystanders are killed.  Written before 9-11, this book was a massive and unfortunate “I told you so” (though Johnson explicitly rejects that sentiment in his introduction).

The Patriot Act adds to my point above.  Former Judge Andrew Napolitano that the Patriot Act is “the most abominable, unconstitutional, hateful from the point of freedom piece of legislation since the Alien and Sedition Act in 1878.”  Judge Andrew Napolitano read it twice, an accomplishment for an over 300 page law.  He explains how the government can write warrants without judicial oversight, and prosecute those who reveal to anyone that their property is being searched with a self-written warrant.

From a customer service perspective alone our criminal justice system is not doing a good job.  Some readers are experiencing a form of cognitive dissonance right now seeing the terms “customer service” and “criminal justice system” so close together.  Customer Service cannot be applied to ANY government bureaucracy here in Indiana in any meaningful way.

No one would voluntarily pay these bureaucrats if not for the threat and use of violence that the state uses against dissenters.  Agents of the FBI can write warrants, forage through your private belongings, look at you naked at airports, and do other various things that would be expected out of the most depraved perverts.  This is the law!  This is their form of customer service!  Who would pay for that?

The police, in fighting the war on drugs, have been responsible for one of the most dramatic increases of violence on the United States-Mexico border in decades.  With tighter restrictions on the ingredients for meth, Americans are now importing this dangerous drug.  The reduced supply is creating huge profit margins that encourage more risky behavior for those who sell and for those addicted to them.

Representing only 5 percent of the world’s population, we have 25 percent of the prison population.   Fifty-five percent of the prison population is behind bars for drug offenses.  Maybe this is all good for some people but it is racist.  African Americans make up 13% of the drug using population and 67% of the imprisoned drug using population.  We continue to praise these government workers even though their actions make us worse off when the actions of those in prison for these crimes harm no one.

There is another way of doing things.  Instead of letting the police, military, and firefighters have a monopoly over the right to our money, to oppress us at will, let markets and free enterprise take the place of these monopolies.  Markets are always better than government.  Let them loose to take care of the vital needs of people on all levels of life.  Some call this system market-anarchism, others call it anarcho-capitalism.   It is political suicide to advocate.  Unlike politicians, however, we have the power and ability to change things for the better.  So stop revering the praises of government bureaucrats in a tax subsidized arena for talented athletes and start advocating for markets.

 

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