Colby Cosh lays out the best (that I’ve read) libertarian response to the Katrina disaster in one long paragraph (plus a couple sentences). Particularly insightful was the end of the last sentence:
…the 49% of Americans who have been complaining for five years about George W. Bush being a dictator are now vexed to the point of utter incoherence because for the last fortnight he has failed to do a sufficiently convincing impression of a dictator.
Add those forty-four words to the tally of, “Things Colby Cosh has written that Matt Moore wishes he’d thought of.” They perfectly pull together all the disparate thoughts I had when I read the mind-boggingly stupid (or brilliantly parodic?) comments that Wadard dumped all over several threads at protein wisdom. They’re hilarious, managing to be loaded with Castro infatuation and calls to impeach Bush (and Wadard’s not even an American) without any hint of awareness that that’s a contradiction.
Cosh also recommends that we turn government over to Wal-Mart and the Salvation Army. I had a similar thought this weekend when I read this article about Wal-Mart’s effective efforts to coordinate the delivery of supplies to victims. I won’t go as far as Cosh, but I do think we should consider outsourcing control of FEMA. I seriously believe that Wal-Mart (or a similarly well-run company with lots of trucks, like UPS or FedEX) could manage disaster relief much better than the bureaucrats, and they’d turn a tidy profit while doing it.
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