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One more thing about that Obama Speech

Obama's "you didn't build that" speech has been nearly picked clean now. Everyone has rested their case about the context of the infamous quote. Others have criticized narrower parts of the address, such as his remarks about the internet and the Golden Gate Bridge.

I think I still spy a morsel of meat on the corpse though, and like a glutton at a covered dish dinner*, I'm gonna grab it and chew it up while it's still there.

I refer to his remarks about fire departments:

There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own.  I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service.

This was the most blatant straw man I've ever seen. It's the dumbest thing I've ever seen any president say. And I'm 54 years old.

Just because someone wants less government doesn't mean they want the fire department privatized. Most conservatives and even some libertarians are ok with municipally funded basic services such as a fire department.

Yes, there are libertarians who disagree. But even anarcho-capitalists such as Murray Rothbard, who want to privatize everything, would not suggest that everybody have their own fire department. Maybe anarcho-capitalism wouldn't work, but under it  everybody wouldn't have their own fire department anymore than people now have their own grocery store or barber shop. There would be a few private fire departments, each with lots of customers.

At the very least, this shows that Obama does not understand division of labor.

OK, I lied. I had two more things to say. The second one is that the Roanoke speech was not about usual suspects such as overpaid CEO's and shady derivatives traders. If it was, I probably wouldn't have gone to the trouble of making two blog entries about it. It was about talented, smart people who built their own businesses and are profiting from it. When politicians start going after fat cats,the definition of "fat" gets broader and broader until no cat is safe.

Now I am done. Let's bury this corpse. Unless there's a couple of morsels of meat I missed.In which case let's just stick it in the freezer.

* this is something I have actually been


Just imagine if Bush had said that.
Just imagine if Bush had said that.

No kidding.