The inherent failure of so many big government initiatives lies in this simple fact. the further away from the people power is consolidated, the more corruption, waste, fraud, and inefficiency we will have. Western Hero does a great job of giving us the latest example
Mark Steyn points out, so much government now is expensive window-dressing. The president looked good in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:
He had himself photographed in the White House Situation Room, nodding thoughtfully to bureaucrats[…] and Tweeted it to his 3.2 million followers. He appeared in New Jersey wearing a bomber jacket rather than a suit to demonstrate that when the going gets tough the tough get out a monogrammed Air Force One bomber jacket.
So you can have Big Government bigger (or, anyway, more expensive) than any government’s ever been, and the lights still go out in 17 states – because your president spent 6 trillion bucks, and all the country got was a lousy Air Force One bomber jacket for him to wear while posing for a Twitpic answering the phone with his concerned expression.He notes that the hurricane only struck a few counties on the eastern seaboard, but it’s winds wreaked havoc with an antiquated electric grid across a swath of states:
Everyone else had slightly windier-than-usual wind – and yet they were out of power for days. In a county entirely untouched by Sandy, my office manager had no electricity for a week. Not because of an “emergency” but because of a decrepit and vulnerable above-the-ground electrical distribution system that ought to be a national embarrassment to any developed society.
Imagine if Obama’s 2009 stimulus had been spent burying every electric pole on the Eastern Seaboard. Instead, just that one Obama bill spent a little shy of a trillion dollars, and no one can point to a single thing it built.