Look, it’s as plain as can be that the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – was flawed from the start. Whatever your political views, the act focuses on payment, not medical care itself. And it doesn’t cover everyone. Besides, the stupid website doesn’t work. Just de-fund it, already.
And while I’m thinking of it, our interstate highways are pretty beaten up. De-fund those, too.
Education. Now, that’s a mess. Our kids are way behind most of the industrialized world in science and math, so the only sensible thing to do is to just dump the system we’re using. Perhaps funding based on real estate property taxes made sense a long time ago. Maybe, maybe not. But that funding mechanism isn’t preparing kids for today, much less for tomorrow. And we’re not hiring and retaining the best teachers, either, as too many are on the “Three Years and Out” plan. No, this isn’t working well enough to continue to throw money at it, so just pull the plug.
The Postal Service doesn’t get any money from the government, unless some bureaucrat wants to mail a letter, so we don’t have to worry about that. But the people running it ought to be re-thinking their whole model. One stamp sends a letter to the remotest places in the U.S. every day. That’s crazy. Maybe congress should increase the requirement for their pension put-away to cover people who won’t be born for another 50 years. That would put the pressure on them to pull the plug.
And those spiffs to alternative energy companies – what’s up with that? Those technologies only supply 2% of our energy needs, which is way too little to make a real difference. No point in encouraging that, so we should just de-fund those loony subsidies.
What the heck is the government doing in the home mortgage industry? Everyone knows that Reagan was right about government being the problem. We should just let the free market do its magic. The FHA falls well short of doing things right all the time. Adios, FHA. And pay no attention to those too-big-to-fail bank derivatives that nobody understands. Let the free market work there, too, except if those guys crash and burn again and then government will be the safety net. Everything has an exception, right?
Medical R & D – now, that’s a real problem. We keep throwing money that way, but where is that cure for cancer? Have you seen it? Neither have I. Now, that’s a really dark hole into which we throw cash all the time, but that’s a system that never delivers like it should. De-fund that bad boy, too.
Back to Obamacare for a second. The website is so bad that it’s embarrassing. And President Obama did that, “If you like it you can keep it” thing, which turned out not to be true for everyone. Those are two more good reasons for trashing the entire program. Okay, really just one more, since I mentioned the website earlier. But it’s that bad, though, so it should be beaten up twice. Maybe continuously.
There are so many programs that we fund that work at sub-optimal levels. If we are to make good choices about what to do with our scarce resources (i.e. what’s in our collective wallet), then here is the bar that must be cleared: If it isn’t perfect, de-fund it.
There. That was easy.
Copyright 2019 by Jack Altschuler
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