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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Ethanol, flush toilets and Katrina

A few times a week I get an email brief from The Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEE). They've got great comments on stories of the day. Today, I received the brief and there was a story on gas price projections from the Detroit auto-makers. The follow up at FEE was an article from Michael Heberling from the Mackinac Center (there is an absolutely excellent article on what everything you thought you knew about the Great Depression is wrong. It was a government caused and extended disaster).The article was about one more huge government disaster called Reformulated Gasoline (RFG). RFG flows from the amended Clean Air Act of 1990 and the EPA dictates that followed. It details quite nicely how government interference and mandates hurts the environment, business, health and citizens:
As a result of the government'’s overzealousness in “helping the environment, people pay more per gallon of gas, get fewer miles per gallon, and get sick. The biggest irony, however, is that the environment is worse off thanks to this environmental program. So far, the misguided policy has cost consumers untold billions of dollars. Unfortunately, the environmental and economic nightmare caused by government gas is not over. Be prepared to cough up another $30 billion or more to deal with the clean-up and phase-out costs of MTBE.

This is what always happens when we hear those evil and dangerous nine words "I'm from the government and I'm here to help!" As I said yesterday, if these people in Congress can't even get a flush toilet right, why are they trusted with anything? And this morning I made a comment on KTLK that when it comes to Katrina, the left wing idiots and a significant number of Republicans, scream when they want the huge bull elephant bureaucracy called FEMA to dance Swan Lake, get angry when the elephant doesn't and then blame the elephant. And try as they might, an elephant will never dance Swan Lake. But, the voters, both left and right, will keep thinking that the perfect government elephant can and will be designed if we just send the right person or their people to Congress or allow to live in the White House.
As Earnie Larson told me years ago "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."
And voters on both sides keep thinking inside the same paradigm that government is the answer, has the answer or will be the answer. That we just need to send the right people to whatever capitol, spend more money, paint the same idea a different color and call it a different idea.
And the insanity continues.And if you, after reading just the few articles listed here, still believe that government is the answer or can be made responsive, well, you need to ask if you live inside or outside the asylum.


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