posted on May, 1 2014 @ 10:26 PM
On the Environment
Who's the greatest polluter of all? The oil companies? The chemical companies? The nuclear power plants? If you guessed "none of the above," you'd
be correct. Our government, at the federal, state, and local levels, is the single greatest polluter in the land. In addition, our government doesn't
even clean up its own garbage! In 1988, for example, the EPA demanded that the Departments of Energy and Defense clean up 17 of their weapons plants
which were leaking radioactive and toxic chemicals -- enough contamination to cost $100 billion in clean-up costs over 50 years! The EPA was simply
ignored. No bureaucrats went to jail or were sued for damages. Government departments have sovereign immunity.
Seems fair enough, the DoD shouldn't be able to defy the EPA. One of the things that makes "all government" (combined) one of the biggest polluters
isn't even mentioned. The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporation owned by we the people, that supplies power to portions of seven states,
operates 11 coal fired plants, 14 dual fuel/natural gas plants and 49 hydroelectric facilities. It's the (distant, #3 produces roughly 50% more) 4th
largest emitter of CO2 in the country
). I'm sure if these were
privately owned plants, they'd produce much less pollution than the top 3 CO2 emitters, energy producers American Electric Power, Duke Energy and
Private landowners and conservation groups have a vested interest in maintaining natural resources. Pollution and misuse of resources cause
damage to our ecosystem. Governments, unlike private businesses, are unaccountable for such damage done to our environment and have a terrible track
record when it comes to environmental protection. Protecting the environment requires a clear definition and enforcement of individual rights in
resources like land, water, air, and wildlife. Free markets and property rights stimulate the technological innovations and behavioral changes
required to protect our environment and ecosystems. We realize that our planet's climate is constantly changing, but environmental advocates and
social pressure are the most effective means of changing public behavior.
What? WHAT? Free markets and property rights are going to stop Georgia Pacific from turning your backyard into a chemical pond because private
businesses like Georgia Pacific have such non-terrible track records on pollution? I live in New Jersey, don't tell me that because the EPA has no
power over the DoD that we don't need the EPA. Wouldn't the more intelligent solution be to make the DoD equally accountable?
I thought this paragraph was particularly relevant in light of recent developments:
For example, the Bureau of Land Management controls an area almost twice the size of Texas, including nearly all of Alaska and Nevada. Much of
this land is rented to ranchers for grazing cattle. Because ranchers are only renting the land, they have no incentive to take care of it. Not
surprisingly, studies as early as 1925 indicated that cattle were twice as likely to die on public ranges and had half as many calves as animals
grazing on private lands.
If only Cliven Bundy owned that land, he wouldn't be destroying it and apparently, cows don't do well doing cow things on land that's not privately
owned? Well a 1925 study says so!
On Health Insurance
We should repeal all government policies that increase health costs and decrease the availability of medical services. For example, every state
has laws that mandate coverage of specific disabilities and diseases. These laws reduce consumer choice and increase the cost of health insurance. By
making insurance more expensive, mandated benefits increase the number of uninsured American workers.
F those people with diseases and disabilities — health insurance is for healthy people!
We should replace harmful government agencies like the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) with more agile, free-market alternatives. The mission of
the FDA is to protect us from unsafe medicines. In fact, the FDA has driven up healthcare costs and deprived millions of Americans of much-needed
treatments. For example, during a 10-year delay in approving Propanolol Propranolol (a heart medication for treating angina and hypertension),
approximately 100,000 people died who could have been treated with this lifesaving drug. Bureaucratic roadblocks kill sick Americans.
Talk about the fox in the hen house! The FDA is slowing down big pharma with all their safety protocols and demands for things like clinical trials? I
thought the LP site would argue that the FDA wasn't doing enough to protect us anyway, but they surprised me by saying that the FDA is doing too much
and it's actually KILLING PEOPLE with all of its excessive caution. Obviously, we trust the good folks at big pharma to police themselves...because
really, what could possibly go wrong there?
edit on 2014-5-1 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)