One of the things that people like to bring up whenever I discuss ways in which the government could implement programs to actually help people is government waste. It’s never quite defined, it’s never compared to actual overhead rates of private corporations, and it’s never determined exactly how much the government is wasting by being a “government.” It’s just always there. If any portion of the government runs, someone will be there to point out that it’s somehow wasteful. This is how it’s wasteful.
Just a couple of follow up points:
1) You don’t have to agree that human activity is creating climate change (even though IT IS), but can we at least agree to the fact that things are changing? Maybe humans didn’t make the ice caps melt and the sea levels rise, but they are, in fact, rising. Which means we might want to at least, you know, reevaluate some of our choices in the face of a literally changing landscape. (aka Stop buying houses in water, dummies.)
2) You don’t get shit for a second house. Ever. Anything. You get no government benefit, tax break, or write off for having two goddamn houses. You just don’t. That’s not the way government is supposed to work. Is it fair? Fuck fair. If people are lucky enough to have a second house, they’ve had all the fair they need.
So, yeah, the next time someone complains about government waste, maybe we should point out not that too many poor people might try to take advantage of social services programs by conning us out of an extra $300 a year, and instead focus on our collective repeated inability to stop acting like giant dumbasses.