I saw this on Fark today, and thought it needed to be repeated somewhere other than in a thread which will by tomorrow be forgotten. It’s basically a very good answer to a complaint I hear all the time from backers of privatization and deregulation, people whose primary argument regarding things like universal health care boils down to this statement: “When was the last time the government did anything right?” Here’s the answer:
Browncoat: Name three things the federal government does efficiently and without problems. Anyone?
dragonchild: Federal Aviation Administration, NOAA National Weather Service, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Off the top of my head. In five seconds.
Zero flight fatalities since 9/11/2001, and even then, cars killed more than 10x as many people as planes that year. It’s about as trouble-free as any system gets (and Bush is trying to privatize it).
Weather reports everyone — everyone relies on, including the FAA and the Weather Channel, for free. And they were the ones screaming about Katrina while FEMA did nothing. And Bush is trying to privatize it.
Your savings accounts are insured to $100k — guaranteed. Bush is trying to gut it.
Anti-government right-wing lunatics rely way more on the government than they’d ever admit. If you’ve been on an airplane even once in your life, you literally depended on the federal government to protect your life.
This isn’t to say that the government won’t screw up one, two, or three thousand things. However, it goes to show that government control of certain industries vital to infrastructure isn’t necessarily a bad thing.