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Yeah, yeah, I wish it were simpler too – the mechanics of it are a pain in the ass, but that stuff we use has to come from somewhere. So, to celebrate, here’s a classic:

I AM AN AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE SHITHEEL

this morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US department of energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the national weather service of the national oceanographic and atmospheric administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the national aeronautics and space administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US department of agriculture inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the food and drug administration.

At the appropriate time as regulated by the US congress and kept accurate by the national institute of standards and technology and the US naval observatory, I get into my national highway traffic safety administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the environmental protection agency, using legal tender issued by the federal reserve bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US postal service and drop the kids off at the public school.

After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the department of labor and the occupational safety and health administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal’s inspection, and which has not been plundered of all it’s valuables thanks to the local police department.

I then log on to the internet which was developed by the defense advanced research projects administration and post on freerepublic.com and fox news forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can’t do anything right.

Originally posted on the Laissez Faire forums at Something Awful.

  • Come on already

    I don't think even the hardest Libertarian argues that utilities where competition would be wasteful aren't a good use of government. Who wants 20 power companies all running their own wires around the country. The items listed here as government success (some of which are questionable as successes any longer – EPA, FCC, DOT) only cover a tiny fraction of government spending. Saying “look, you have the internets now! See government is great” is a pretty weak argument in support of more government in all other (and very personal) areas of life.

    The quantity of money government spends far exceeds tax revenue, and even with all the borrowing the middle-class in America is being taxed to death to pay for all the waste. Dreaming up new programs without retiring about 50% of the old ones is just going to bury what's left of our economy in fees, fines, red tape and taxes.

    Oh and the Federal Reserve Bank is NOT a government agency. Does that even need to be said still?

  • Andrew

    You are right come on already. The military budget triples everything just written about. I would say that money could be better spent.

  • Andrew

    You are right come on already. The military budget triples everything just written about. I would say that money could be better spent.