The Premise

I’m reading an ABC news article this morning that is asking why Walmart was quicker in providing hurricaine assistance than FEMA. The story reads this as a what’s wrong with this picture sort of thing. I’m reading this is vindication of the rational objectivist premise that the private sector is better geared to do amost anything more efficiently than the government, including charity. This from the article:

Wal-Mart’s response was faster and, in one case, the company even provided stranded police officers with clothes and ammunition. Now, in areas hit by Rita, Wal-Mart has already shipped donated clothes and supplies. It has even reopened stores in places with no electricity.

“If this place wouldn’t be open, we wouldn’t have nothing right now,” said one resident of Lake Charles, La., where Rita wiped out electricity, phone service and running water.”This has been a lifesaving place.”

Emergency assistance provided quickly and efficiently without taxpayer money and most importantly without government compulsion. The liberal premise that people are naturally evil and must be forced to be good under government duress turned out to be totally wrong. So those who rant against corporate greed should take note that the most ostensibly evil of these organizations was better at providing assistance than your very compassionate (with other peoples money) government. Where is the love?

“But Wal-mart is only doing it for the public relations!” Yeah, there is an element of PR to every charitable donation a business makes (like the Ronald McDonald House). That does not negate the fact that a need was met voluntarily by the private sector in a manner that was more efficient than the government was able to muster. Does the recipient of aid give a rat’s ass as to the motive of the person helping him? No! He doesn’t care if Walmart did it for a press release or if the social worker hooking him up with free cheese is doing so just to collect a check, his concern is that he was helped and the fact remains that the private sector is better equipped to do so than the government. Why? Because there is less red tape in the way when the action is voluntary AND (more importantly) when the voluntary giver perceives that he’s being juked he is free to withdraw the assistance. When it’s government aid the spongers hide behind technicalities and the social workers are compelled to keep providing loot to those they know are undeserving when those technicalities have been met.

Government enforced charity is in fact the biggest impediment to real charity. Of every tax dollar taken from your check for the poor about only twenty-five cents actually makes it to the recepient (who you don’t know is really deserving or not). The rest of that money goes to feed the bureaucratic monster. Imagine a world where that money was not ripped from people’s paychecks. They would have that much more money available to willingly address genuine need. And don’t say they wouldn’t do it because private citizens and corporations are already doing it and have been doing it not only for disasters but also to help friends and family. Compassion is not a government invention, it’s part of the human condition.

I’m bored so I’m not going to write a conclusion. Just pretend I did and act accordingly. Oh and if you don’t see the new blog title hit refresh.

9 Responses to “The Premise”

  1. Phelps says:

    The exchange from Serenity that I think will get the most traction from the crowd around here:

    Kaylee (think the Girl Next Door): Well, I ain’t had nothing between my nether regions for over a year that didn’t have batteries and I–

    Mal: WHOA! I don’t want to hear this!


    Jayne (Adam Baldwin, aka Animal Mother): …I could stand to hear a mite more.

  2. Mexigogue says:

    heh heh! “nether regions”!

  3. Citizen Quasar says:

    When people are held accountable to their actions by the uncaring laws of nature, such as supply and demand, they do their best to be productive in order to flourish, or they wither and die.

    The same is true for charitable actions. There are demands and there are supplies and capitalism works. Those who seek a socialistic answer have a beef with the rules of reality and should take it up with the howling wind.

    “Little Fajita?” I gueeess that’s o.k. but it sounds to me like a knockoff of The Big Pharoah

    Are you on a diet?

  4. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    Can’t you see Wal-Mart is evil! How do I know this you ask? Where is my proof? The Labor Unions, Liberal Media and K-mart operatives have told me so on T.V..

  5. Mexigogue says:

    TV knows allllll!!! (awed and reverent silence)

  6. Phelps says:

    I love Chinese mustard!!!

  7. Phelps says:

    BTW, they are saying now that FEMA is wanting to reimburse all the charities for what they spent. You may have heard me shout KHAAAAAAAAAN! when I read that.

  8. Citizen Quasar says:

    This one’s gettin’ old, dude. What’s happnin’? Are you tired of blogging? Did one of your ex’s catch up with you and incarcerate you? Did your (former) neighbors from across the street make a successful hit on you? Is your “new” computer not working? Why the fuck are you not posting?!?!?

  9. Mexigogue says:

    I don’t live on that street anymore. I live on a new street now and yesterday one of my exes had this guy arrested who works at the grocery store across from me. We sat on my porch and watched them take the guy away, it was a hoot cuz it wasn’t me this time.