Dealing with government bureaucracies

I do not understand the liberal love affair with government.  Government is inefficient and it bullies people.  Had a business engaged in the same conduct as the City of San Francisco, it would have apologized profusely or found itself flamed to death.  A government, however, can act with impunity, because it holds the power.

I’m not advocating an anarchic system without government.  I’m just saying that people ought to think very carefully before they vest more and more power in government’s hands.  History shows repeatedly the truth behind Thoreau’s dictum that “That government is best which governs least.”

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  • jj

    Ah, well, see: the difficulty there is juxtaposing ‘people’ and ‘think.’

  • Charles Martel

    This story doesn’t surprise me at all. San Francisco is a transplanted eastern city, with lazy-assed, do-nothing cops, a bloated bureaucracy, perpetually clamoring special-interest groups, and an educational system that specializes in producing knuckleheads. Add to that a huge pinch of racial and sexual politics, especially when it comes to incompetent black or gay administrators, and you have the classic recipe for urban dysfunction.

    I love the city—its look, its light, its smells (especially after they’ve cleaned up the urine and feces), its earlier history. I like urban living, and if I had my druthers would live in town. Or better to say, I’d live in a town like SF if the people there were adults and didn’t crap over everything, from their own sidewalks to their schools to their attempts at real self-government.

  • Libby

    How on earth do they get away with fining her $1,700 for excessive root pruning and a $300 permit fee to remove the tree, regardless of whether it was ordered or voluntary. Does she not have the right to plant & remove trees on her own property?

  • Ymarsakar

    Libby, the government owns everything for it is Caesar. Slaves own nothing.


  • Ymarsakar

    Martel, the cops do do something. They exist to make sure police unions get the check they think they deserve, which will be funneled into the pockets of politician buying.

  • David Foster

    I think “progressives,” and even old-line liberals, tend to view government as an idealized parent. Possibly this is a result either of absent/distant REAL parents, or of excessive dependence on their real parents.

  • MacG

    They don’t like G-d as the ultimate parent if you will but love a polytheistic government made of little power hungry gods.
    Book, did not the ancient Israelites beg G-d for an earthly King, something G-d reluctantly gave them?  It seems  to me they want a King like all of the other nations had.  Am I wrong about that?

  • Ymarsakar

    They are followers looking for a Master. And if we don’t control them, they will be the ones in control of us.

  • Ymarsakar

    MacG, if God is the leader and authority, then they can never do a coup de tat and gain the throne themselves. Thus power must not be in an immortal and invincible God’s Hand. It must be invested in a human institution that is vulnerable to Leftist graft, corruption, threats, and ruthless power mongering.

  • Earl

    Absolutely correct, MacG…and G-d warned them about the downsides, too.  See 1 Samuel 8:
       10And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.
       11And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
       12And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
       13And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
       14And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
       15And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
       16And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
       17He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
       18And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
    Sound familiar?  The only thing is….I wish that OUR king only asked a tenth!

  • Ymarsakar

    They can’t do math so 10% is the same as 100% to them.

  • MacG

    Isn’t the legal parlance for this called entrapment?

  • Ymarsakar

    Tyrants back in the past always had rebellious provinces precisely because they had issues controlling the population. This is why democracy is the best form of tyranny, for it is the easiest way to control a mass of people and get them to do as they are told.

  • Mike Devx

    Ah yes, those government bureaucrats, who technocratically know what’s best for us!  Far better, supposedly, than each of us knows what’s best for us.

    Tbis story about that poor woman would anger me, except I’m tired of becoming angered by every story about idiotic government.  A pox on their endless desire for more and more rules, and their mind-numbing, brain-deadening approach to controlling every aspect of our lives!