Saturday, September 10, 2005

Oh, come on -- free commerce already has the answers to disasters

Here's the untold, unsung story: we don't need an incredibly powerful centralized, federalist government. We need a government which can protect the commerce lines, but drop the pretense of needing all these hand-outs to get something done. Get off the back of free enterprise and quit bad-mouthing the make-a-buck guys -- look, these are the guys getting the show on the road; the rest are just finger-pointers and back-stabbers. But you won't hear these guys complain, they just work out another route around them to get commerce happening again and people able to buy their stuff, even though it means propping up society so that it will function again.

Quit listening to the press and sucking-up politicians on this one: it's not whose to blame, its who's in the road - which is the MSM and the politicians. Get those jokers out of the way and we might be able to get something done around here. Seriously. Don't know what would replace them, but you could start by only electing people to Congress who had run their own business for starters. And get them to sort out the inefficiencies with some layoffs, even if it meant sizable severance pay. But get the government running on a profit and paying dividends back to their stakeholders. Disasters would be met with creative troubleshooting and solved with aplomb. CEO's have to answer to the Board to keep their job. Time some of these finger-pointing senators had that treatment.

OpinionJournal - Featured Article:
"The private-sector planning began before Katrina hit. Home Depot's 'war room' had transferred high-demand items--generators, flashlights, batteries and lumber--to distribution areas surrounding the strike area. Phone companies readied mobile cell towers and sent in generators and fuel. Insurers flew in special teams and set up hotlines to process claims.

This planning allowed the firms to resume serving customers in record time. Katrina shut down 126 Wal-Mart facilities; all but 15 are now open. Entergy, the power company for 1.1 million households and businesses that lost electricity, had restored electricity by yesterday to 749,000 customers, including areas of flooded New Orleans."

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