Sunday, July 12, 2009

Government way of doing things

In the Army, I found that things, the way government regulations require things be done, sometimes things got unnecessarily complicated. Let me give you an example.

Suppose you received a document and initialed it on the line where it indicated that it should be initialed. Like this:


Now, suppose that you received it in error, or initialed it where someone else should have initialed it. What do you do?

You erase the initials and initial the erasure.

Let me explain.

To "erase" something, you draw a single line through it, then you initial your erasure. Like this:


So, if you initial something in error, you can correct it if you erase your initials and initial your erasure.

I admit, there's a certain logic to this. But step back for a minute and look at it in the whole scheme of things. It's silly.

The fact of the matter is, things sometimes go wrong. I mean, if people are involved, things can go wrong.

Government involvement doesn't accommodate certain things. Like errors. Or common sense.

And that's the real irony of liberals and their desire for government to "help." Liberals say that they truly care about people. Or snail darters. Or baby seals. Or Gaia. And they want to use the government to make it all better. Like the government is your mommy taking care of your skint knee.

That's why the idea to let government run things -- car companies, banks, health care -- is a bad idea.

Your mommy cares. Government regulations don't care.

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