As always, what amazes me about the Left is it’s never ending optimism about the government. Its members will cheerfully concede that the government pretty much bungles most of the things on which it gets its hands, and they’re terrified of the government when the “other” party is in power. Nevertheless, in masterful cognitive dissonance, they’re always willing to turn over more and more of their lives to that same government.
Despite failure after failure after failure, those on the Left are always perfectly sure that this time (with Carter, with Clinton, with Obama, etc.), they’ll get it right. They’ll never concede that their theory is flawed — that statism is imperfect and by its nature cannot achieve they goals they set for it — but will always insist that the execution was flawed and that this time it will work. A hundred million lives have been lost in this quest for statist perfection, and hundreds of millions more have been made drab, depressing, demoralizing and dangerous.
Let me say it again: The market is imperfect, but the spur of competition forces those who wish to survive to offer a service that consumers will buy. In a properly functioning marketplace, the government’s only role should be to ensure that no one is cheating the market. If one takes away this competition — making government the only game in town — there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that gives the workers in that statist system any incentive to provide a decent service. So what if they do nothing at all? There’s nowhere else to go.