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July 03, 2014

"Why We Need Government: To Prevent 9-Year-Olds From Running Free Little Lending Libraries"

One more example of the nearly endless refutation of "Government is just the name we give for things we do together."


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I have only had one occasion to use this line, but when confronted with the asinine "government is the name we give to what we do together", I simply say "Nike is the name we give to when we want to make running shoes."

Joe R.

As Jim Graghty once wrote:

"While the phrase may sound good to Frank and laid off Hallmark card copywriters, it’s meaningless and stupid. Apparently the things we choose to do together include IRS audits, seizing privately-held land under Kelo v. City of New London, building Bridges to Nowhere, giving subsidies to sugar producers and foreign aid to the Egyptian government, bans on the use of private land because endangered species may be present at times, and the line at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Having said that, it’s nice to see ... the Democrats recognizing that the Iraq War, the interrogation of detainees, eavesdropping on suspected terrorists, research and development on advanced weapons systems, and capital punishment are “things we do together.”

Patrick R. Sullivan

Meanwhile the Oakland government can't even mow the grass so the kids can play baseball;

So what if the $50,000 went to the Public Works Agency — the department that already has the gardeners and equipment to mow the ball fields? Could they use the $50,000 to keep the fields in better shape?

Well, that wouldn’t work either, said Henry Gardner, the interim City Administrator.

“The cost of Parks and Recreation to do it would be a lot more than $50,000 and $50,000 is not enough for Public Works to go around and mow every ball field,” Gardner said.

So what should Kaplan do with her lawnmover money? Spend the $50,000 on overtime for Public Works gardeners, with the promise that they would focus on mowing ballfields, city bureaucrats said.

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