An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
So here are parts 3 and 4 of the Stossel series. I see them as being related in that they both demonstrate the inefficiency of government and what I would argue is its inherent inability to do anything as well as the private sector. Ray Nagin (of all people) admits it best: "The private sector does it better." Ironically, I'd say, the celebrity heroes of New Orleans are probably the sort who think they shouldn't have had to be down there to begin with - whereas in reality they were far more desirable to the people there than the feds.
Unfortunately, Stossel doesn't discuss the scandalous heavy hand of government in New Orleans confiscating legally owned firearms. Too controversial I suppose? But imagine the stupidity here: the New Orleans Police are too strapped to do their jobs and so they take away lawful citizens' ability to protect themselves. Make sense? You see, this way the only people who have guns in New Orleans are the over worked police and criminals who no doubt were happy to watch the police confiscate the legal guns. Ahhh.....government.
And, clearly McCain's campaign finance reform is just shy of useless. One wonders if it is even possible to pass legislation to "reform" this process? Without, of course, creating such a tangled maze of legalese that we might as well kiss all grass root efforts goodbye. One needs a team of attorneys to safely do anything that is remotely "organized" for political purposes. Am I alone is asking: "What have we wrought?" It is truly astonishing how much money is wasted in getting someone into the White House, it is actually offensive! And the nonsense that is pandered to us in ads and debates..."Bring me a bucket!"
Wouldn't it be nice if the two candidates would just each write a lengthy essay laying out their cases. And that's it...you read it and do your own research and make a decision. Meanwhile, having written their essays these yahoos go back to their REAL jobs (and I don't mean as senators) until we make a decision. Ah, but you'll say: most people won't read them! Yeah, right, as if people are presently making their decisions based upon well-informed opinions?
Anyway...somewhere out there is a smaller and simpler government. It's likely a pipe dream to wish for it to come back, but as John Lenon sings: "I'm not the only one." And I think more and more people in watching the government flounder in trying to "fix" the economy (which is like trying to fix the weather), that they'll start thinking that perhaps more government is NOT the answer? PLUS...are you sick of the "culture war" that both sides inflame? Well...as I suggested, I really believe a quick and easy solution is to have the government govern us less and thereby we needn't worry about it needing to so closely express our personal values. Heck the government could be overtly atheist and why would I give it a second thought if its jobs were primarily to balance the budget and provide for the common defense.
Nagin has always been a laissez faire person, so much so that his nickname is Car 54. Habitat for Humanity has rebuilt 70 homes. It is the largest rebuilding project in New Orleans. 200,000 homes were destroyed in Katrina. I am a native New Orleanian. I pay a $1000 a week to this governemnt. My question is "Why?".