Saturday, September 03, 2005

Spiegel Online International and contradictions

In the article you see again Anti-Bushism in its most stupid form. I am no friend of Bush, my blog-past shows this, but in this, they assert that Bush stands for limited government. The funny part, the author contradicts himself in the same article.
This led me to write this little article and a letter to the editor.

Dear Mrs. Dowd,

I am sorry, but it wasn't a lack of spending,
but the whole statist infrastructure that collapsed. While the levee might
have been the fault of the Engineering Corps, the police and national guard
disaster can't be explained but too less government spending. In fact, the
inability of government institutions to react to known problems is the cause
of so much havoc.
There is no guarantee that a more of spending and
higher levees would have brought more security and it wasn't soley Mr. Bushs
fault, because the problem is obvious since the 90s.
If there were more limited government, at least, civil help would come easier to the lost city of New Orleans. Right now, government officials and military officials are
preventing much of the private help to reach the vicitims of this tragic

Of course, Bush is to blame for the 10000 something
national guards that are currently on patrol in Iraq and subsequently, their loss for the rescue efforts at home. But this is entirely different from the
problem of limited government and Bush certainly is no friend of limited
government. He is a big spender (look at defense budget), like the Democrats, but on an entirely different topic.

If you truly understood what limited government meant, you wouldn't have linked Bush and Minarchism, because in the latter part of your article, you contradict

"Ron Fournier of The Associated Press reported that the Army Corps of Engineers asked for $105 million for hurricane and flood programs in New Orleans last year. The White House carved it to about $40 million. But President Bush and Congress agreed to a $286.4 billion pork-filled highway bill with 6,000 pet projects, including a $231 million bridge for a small, uninhabited Alaskan island."

Obviously, he is a big spender and as such not necessarily a friend of limited government. It's just the direction of spending that is a problem in your eyes. In mine it is the spending at all.

Thank you for your time,

Max Schwing

And this should be enough.

No comments: