Sep 5, 2005

less is more better

For a quick exercise in the benefit of limited government involvement, contrast the brutal horror of New Orleans with the clean efficiency of Houston this week.
In New Orleans local, state, and federal officials began bickering before Hurricane Katrina ever hit as to who was going to supply relief, who was going to enforce order, and even who was going to order evacuations. The obvious and unfortunate result was (or will be) thousands dead, an entire city in chaos, and no one taking responsibility.
In Houston the situation was the complete opposite. Of course there are differences that should be taken into account when comparing the efforts: massive flooding hampering transportation, utilities connected or not, security or not, etc. But here the only government involvement was making the Astrodome available and ready. After the refugees arrived, everything was handled by volunteers and charity organizations. The result has been as far as I can see a very smooth transition into relative comfort for the reported 18,000 New Orleans natives there.
The disaster in New Orleans has and will continue to teach us many lessons. The first (after 'RUN AWAY!') that I can see is that the less government involvement in crisis situations, the better.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

good point. then we should not have to spend so much on the military because we need no protection in our own borders. Why have a nation gaurd at all if there is no use for them within our own borders (ya know, to provide order in a situation like N.O.)
Such a young stupid asshole you are boy. Maybe when you grow up, you can come sit at the adults table.

Cynicus Prime said...

I'm afraid you have mistaken the identity of the "young stupid asshole" in this conversation.
I never said anything about military spending. In almost every circumstance, the preference for limited government exempts the military. Most conservatives and libertarians think that the military should be increased and most other government programs (social services, subsidies, pork) decreased.
You might also want to look into a dictionary and grammar guide.