Have you seen this little ditty floating around the internet (e.g., on Facebook)?

Cute.

Here are my thoughts:

  • Schools:  Along with Public School Employee Unions, low performing teachers, overpriced and bloated administrations, emphasis on testing rather than students? Average expenditure / student in US = $11,665. And you want MORE?
  • Roads:  Along with Public Employee Unions, excessive benefits, civil service mentality, bureaucratic red tape? Try contracting roads to private firms to see efficiency in execution.
  • Firefighters:  Along with early retirement pensions for some at upwards of 90% of final salary?
  • Police Officers:  Along with early retirement pensions for some at upwards of 90% of final salary?
  • Hospitals:  You mean like the ones run by the Catholic church?
  • Paramedics:  A wonderful perk of living in the 21st century West.
  • HAZMAT Teams:  Oh yeah, that must be a big line item in the budget.
  • Soldiers:  Definitely.
  • Sailors:  Definitely.
  • Airmen:  Definitely.
  • Marines:  Definitely.
  • Coast Guard:  Definitely.
  • Clean Air:  Not at the expense of bloated over-regulation.
  • Clean Water:  Not at the expense of bloated over-regulation.
  • Safe Food:  Not at the expense of bloated over-regulation.
  • Pure Drugs: Not at the expense of bloated over-regulation.
  • Child Protection:  As long as child protection agencies do not abuse their authority and power.
  • Safe Products:  Not at the expense of bloated over-regulation.
  • Air Traffic Control:  Yes, definitely. And fire them all (a la Reagan) if they try to go on strike.
  • Space ExplorationRobotic exploration is the future.
  • Bridges:  Managed by government, contracted to private firms. Kind of like the transcontinental railroad.
  • Tunnels:  Managed by government, contracted to private firms.
  • Flood Defenses: Hopefully not as was managed in New Orleans (by the gov’t)…
  • Universities:  Like Stanford, Claremont, or Yale? Oops, those are private firms. Same comment regarding overpriced and bloated administrations.
  • Museums:  Culturally enriching… yet a low priority for taxing the citizenry – ask the 1%’ers to help out.
  • Science:  Science? Science couldn’t exist without more taxes?
  • Diplomatic relations with other countries:  Definitely.
  • Public Parks:  The ones that are used frequently or the ones that sit empty for most of the week?
  • Criminal Justice: Definitely.
  • Medical Research: This can’t happen without taxes? Oh yeah, when you socialize medicine, you take away incentives for private research – got it.
  • National Forests:  Definitely.
  • Care for the Elderly & Disabled: This is the government’s responsibility?
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