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A Question to Obama Democrats...
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by !, Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Oct 27, 2009
To "Stay Cool", "Stacey" , "Poster Boy", "Janna" and other Obama Democrats...
I would be very interested to know what you believe are the top three to five most efficient and effective, government-run, social programs. (Yes, you need to explain your reasoning.)
Also, if you can show me that these programs cannot be operated more efficiently and effectively by the private sector, you will get some bonus points from me.
Posted by Stay Cool
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm
Stay Cool is a registered user.
It doesn't seem like you have framed your question in a way that it can be answered successfully, but even so, your rebuttal is extremely weak. Right off the bat, social security does not have a "negative impact." We have a growing elderly population and the social security program is being strained. I kind of think that's a good thing (people are living longer), and we just need to make the necessary adjustments to preserve a vital and successful program.
I read this today and thought it offered a good perspective:
"When Government is the Issue" - Jeff Gillenkirk
"At least since Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign, America's neoconservative movement has tarred government as the major problem in Americans' lives and called for it to be defunded. A major strategy of defunding, of course, is cutting taxes. "I think it is the people's money," George W. Bush said during his 2000 presidential campaign.
Well, it's also your government, and to appreciate what that means all you have to do is go outside and stand in front of where you live or work. Chances are it won't be as busy as where I'm standing - the corner of Stanyan and Waller streets in San Francisco - but the exercise is the same. Look around and note the number of sites and services that depend upon the institution. But neoconservatives dare not speak its name.
First, the sidewalk I'm standing on was poured and paved by city government. So were Stanyan and Waller streets and all the streets running parallel and perpendicular to them. The sewers below are the work of government, as are the Municipal Railway power lines running above, the buses attached to the lines and the traffic lights, crosswalks, lanes (both auto and bicycle) and signs directing the traffic flow.
Drivers and the cars they operate are licensed by government. Automobile safety regulations, highway safety and emissions standards are all set by government.
Across Stanyan stands a McDonald's, its meat, dairy and other food products subject to government inspection. Its food preparation is examined by city health inspectors, its workers protected by government health and safety regulations, minimum-wage laws, anti-discriminations laws and the long-term benefits provided by Social Security and Medicare.
Next to the restaurant is a row of apartment buildings, all kept livable in adherence to government building codes, zoning regulations and landlord-tenant laws. Pipes bringing water in and sewage out of the apartments are financed and maintained by government. So are the streetlights.
Next to the apartment building is Kezar Pub, its distribution of liquor subject to age limits and hours of operation enforced by government. The billboard looming behind the street-side trees (planted and maintained by government) brings to mind the size, location and content limitations set by public referendum. Visible down Waller Street is the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, a nonprofit organization funded in part by federal, state and local government to provide a refuge from domestic violence, and family counseling to heal wounds that can hurt our community.
Behind me is Golden Gate Park, a thousand acres of city-owned, city-maintained parklands, set aside for the enjoyment of San Francisco's 750,000 residents and visitors from around the world. The park contains gardens, hiking trails, bike paths, a children's play area, a world-class art museum, an arboretum, a new Academy of Sciences, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, racquetball courts, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, lawn bowling and picnic areas, equestrian trails and public restrooms. At the northern edge of the park is government-run Kezar Stadium, used for high school track meets and football games (and used by thousands of freelance joggers in between), and Kezar Pavilion, a huge gymnasium used for high school basketball games, summer basketball leagues and other events.
Behind Kezar is the San Francisco Police Department's Park precinct, providing public safety for citizens of the Haight and denizens of Golden Gate Park. Next to me is a call box for the San Francisco Fire Department. On the hillside up Parnassus Street looms UCSF, where government-financed medical research, training for doctors, nurses and paraprofessionals, and subsidized health care for thousands of students and San Franciscans takes place.
A homeless man weaves by, perhaps destined for a city-run hospital or county jail before the evening is out, or a drug and alcohol rehab program. Overhead a commercial jetliner flies westward from government-owned SFO, conforming to safety regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration, the guidance of federal air traffic controllers and the protection of federal air marshals and Homeland Security contractors.
You get the picture. We live in a civilized society with an array of sophisticated public services (this account didn't even include the military). Those who claim they don't need government should try living one day without it. Then, it is hoped, they'll stop advocating its starvation and pay their share."