Quote of the Day: On the Efficiency of Government

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand." - Milton Friedman

Comments (6)
  1. Mike says:

    Unless of course the mission is to remove the sand.

  2. David says:

    Yeah…then they won't be able to find it.

  3. tonyr says:

    its kinda like putting Microsoft in charge of operating systems, they would be slow and painfully overly bloated.

  4. Gareth says:

    Dam governments.

    The city I live in, Christchurch, New Zealand, population 400 000, was just hit by a 7.1 earthquake, two days ago, very close, very shallow.

    Much damage done. Water, power, sewage systems hit hard.

    Government building regulations helped when that ‘one in a hundred’ (a thousand?) year earthquake hit. No one died.

    Now the government running health services are running well, civil engineering (local government & private) are well coordinated and fixing the place up again.

    The compulsory government earthquake insurance I had to buy when I got my private household insurance will help to fix a few things around my house and rebuild many other houses.

    I could go and live in Haiti, Pakistan or Turkey, less government taxes, regulations etc but much more deaths.

    Must say I have never been more happy with government intervention.

  5. Buck Woody says:

    So happy to hear you're OK, and that your family is safe. I've been to NZ; it's a stunningly beautiful place.

    Could you ship your government over here? :)

    Seriously – our prayers are with you.

  6. Gareth says:

    Thanks Buck

    Alot of repair work to be done, there will (is) be alot of pain, mistakes have and will be made but we are alot better off than most people who get struck by a disaster like this.


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