Five Ft. Three

“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” ― Milton Friedman

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

on September 7, 2005

Bill O’Reilly has it right, if you count on the government to take care of every aspect of your life, you are going to regret it. Case in point, the whole mess related to Hurricane Katrina.

I also think that Mr. O’Reilly’s assessment of the problems are fair, there is plenty of blame to go around.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,168663,00.html

I don’t believe that anyone on the local, state or federal government intended on the tragic outcome of Hurricane Katrina. That doesn’t erase the horror or the devestation, but I think it does put things in perspective.

I have always been partial to the Constitutional emphasis of putting more responsibility on the state and local governments rather than the federal government. I also have always thought that Americans expect too much from their government sometimes. The magnitude of the hurricane crosses the line where federal help was necessary indeed. But they cannot be held accountable for the entire aftermath of the hurricane.

Last week, while the crisis was going on, I did not think it was the appropriate time to be pointing fingers, I thought the emphasis should have been to help the people who were in the middle of the danger first and foremost. Now that that has for the most part finally occurred, we can debate what went wrong and how we can never let something like this ever happen again. But please, let’s put partisanship aside and deal with the real issues here. It would be nice for a change.

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