Category Archive: Government incompetence

Oct 18

Poverty in the U.S. Was Plummeting—Until Lyndon Johnson Declared War On It

From FEE (Foundation for Economic Education) (quoting the Wall Street Journal): During the 20 years before the War on Poverty was funded, the portion of the nation living in poverty had dropped to 14.7% from 32.1%. Since 1966, the first year with a significant increase in antipoverty spending, the poverty rate reported by the Census …

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Aug 05

Oregon State Computers Crash for 8 to 48 Hours across the State

Governments everywhere seek constantly to take over and control the world’s computer systems–frequently claiming people’s computer are vulnerable to failure, sabotage, hacking or “cyberterror.” When these messages fail to gain traction, governments claim they must control everyone’s computer use to stop corporations from charging differently for different speeds, or from charging the poor more than …

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Jul 22

Startling new research: the more government “benefits” a person receives, the more that person hates government

New research demonstrates what most people already know: Government social spending has grown substantially over the past 50 years, even as wages have stagnated. The new book by Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler, “The Government-Citizen Disconnect” examines 21 federal programs including Social Security, Medicaid, SNAP, and the home mortgage interest deduction. Mettler finds that 96 …

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Jun 01

Climate change apocalypticists can’t convince the insurance industry to believe; so now they seek to force the industry to pay up

For several years, promoters of catastrophic-manmade-global-warming-by-CO2 hysteria have sought to get the insurance industry to recognize that ‘climate change is real.’ Two years ago, on-again,-off-again-world’s-richest-man Warren Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire-Hathaway (which owns or controls several large insurers including Geico) authored a statement on the subject in his annual investment letter. Buffet noted that most …

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May 01

Tens of thousands have died due to Canadian single payer health care

If the power of freedom and capitalism were unleashed on medical care, societies would quickly become strong and healthy at low cost. But governments around the world have choked their subjects with slave plantation style health care. The Canadian government imposes a government monopoly on medicine, prohibiting Canadians from buying medical treatment. A new study …

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Apr 28

Millions flee socialist Venezuela

The vibrant people of Venezuela began voting for socialist politicians 20 years ago. The politicians promised government health care, government jobs, and government security. Government trusters in the west applauded Venezuela. But now hundreds of thousands have died from starvation, murder and disease. Venezuelans are now pouring over the borders seeking asylum in neighboring states. …

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Mar 26

Philadelphia sewage flows directly into City drinking water

Drinking water delivered by municipal governments is often dirtier and more toxic than water from any other source. And when one does the math, one almost always finds that government-provided drinking water is vastly more expensive (in the aggregate) than private-sector alternatives. Now there is news that the City of Philadelphia’s public water supplies are …

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Jan 16

Socialist California Leads Nation in Poverty

Years of high taxes, overregulation, and cops everywhere have taken their toll on California. The state now leads the U.S. in rates and numbers of people living in poverty. See here. (This is true even though the State has the most social workers, biggest welfare programs and biggest wealth-redistribution operations.) The State also has the …

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Jan 01

NPR claims that Baltimore’s high crime rates stem from too few police; but Baltimore has the second-most cops per-capita in the U.S.!

The government NPR radio network and website is promoting a story suggesting that Baltimore’s high crime rates are owed to a lack of police officers in the city. There is just one problem with this notion: Baltimore has the SECOND-HIGHEST rate of cops per-capita in the U.S.! (1st is Washington, D.C..) Wherever city governments have …

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Dec 28

Hundreds of thousands flee socialist California

North Koreans flee to China. East Germans fled to West Germany. Cubans flee to Florida. We recently reported that 33,000 people fled socialist Illinois in the past year, and some 247,410 people left Illinois over the past decade, taking some $13.7 billion with them. Illinoians are some of the most heavily-taxed people on earth. Now …

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