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The Shape of Things to Come

July 19th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 7 Comments · Politics

I missed the US Postal Service when they knocked on my door yesterday with an important package I’ve been waiting for impatiently. The postman left a note on my door that I could pick up the package at the post office on Saturday between 9-11am.

So today I went to the post office at 9am today to pick up the package before going to rehearsal at 10am. I waited until 9:30am, but the window that is supposed to be open from 9-11am never opened. I’ll have to wait until Monday to get my package.

It says on the sign that the window is open from 9-11am on Saturday, but it takes a human being with initiative and a sense of responsibility to actually open the window and serve the public. This is probably too much to ask of government employees on many Saturdays. They’re busy, life is rough, and customers suck, so if they just evade the window long enough, then they can do other things. It’s not like they’ll be fired for ignoring the public.

My local supermarket is open from 6am-11pm every day except for a few holidays. They always open at exactly 6am. The manager never says to his employees, “Let’s open a hour late today. That way we can sit around out back and smoke cigarettes and gossip. Screw the customers!” They open at 6am because they don’t want to lose any of their profits.

Government bureaucrats don’t pursue profits. They follow regulations. The customer is just a nuisance, one of the many unpleasant obstacles to happiness they must deal with throughout the day. The supermarket manager delights to see more and more customers because it means more and more profits. The postal worker sees more customers as just more work, and he gets paid the same regardless of how many customers he makes happy.

When we socialize medicine in America, going to the doctor will be like a combination of going to the post office and the DMV. We’re talking lines, bureaucratic procedures, and little incentive for government workers to give a damn. Imagine: doctors who resent every new patient as just so much more work they are forced by the system to do.

We’re destroying our country, and when you ask Obama voters why they voted for him, they don’t really know. He made them feel warm and fuzzy. That’s good enough, isn’t it?

7 Comments so far ↓

  • Matt F.

    And good luck convincing most of those voters (who, even if they believe something needs to be fixed, think they can do so by voting into office someone with a fundamentally similar philosophy but a slightly different method of implementing it) of what is wrong and, more, WHY it is wrong.

    Public education has destroyed my generation.

  • Not_That

    9am-11am huh… How can they stand such long business hours?

  • L-C

    You have no idea how right you are, Myrhaf. Soon, you might not have to merely imagine the scope this attitude could attain.

  • Mike

    “Public education has destroyed my generation.”

    I’m going to credit you with a VAST understatement, Matt. You are absolutely square on the target. Honestly, if I had the time to dedicate to doing it well, I would open up a blog called “Public Education is Ruining Society” or something like that and post well-researched material addressing the topic.

    This is a particular pet peeve of mine because bloated public school administrations are a huge budgetary problem in my native Arizona, while the balance sheets for charter and parochial schools look better every year — so naturally our state legislature is pushing to revoke the tax credit that people get for choosing the charter or parochial schools, to conserve state funds for the bloated public school system. Which, by the way, is in our state constitution and cannot be abolished.

    I attended public schools from 1st through 3rd grade and pseudo-public university for my B.S. and J.D. (Arizona State). From 4th through 12th grade, I attended parochial schools. Granted, the plural of anecdote is not “data,” but I can verify firsthand that there was a substantial difference in the quality and content of the instruction.

  • Myrhaf

    I agree with you Mike, although I’m not sure about lumping state colleges in with public education. The difference is that somebody has to pay tuition in college, whereas K-12 is free. I think that tuition changes things a bit.

    I don’t know that there is much difference in quality between state colleges and private universities. My education at Cal State in the 1980’s was not bad. The place has become much PC since then.

  • Mike

    Rgr that, Myrhaf. I does appear the state universities, though subsidized, are doing better teaching than the public grammar schools. And there is certainly no shortage of crummy private universities whose educational content is questionable at best. (I’m looking at you, University of Phoenix, DeVry, ITT Tech, Collins College, etc.) But the creme-de-la-creme universities seem to be overwhelmingly private institutions, which is telling, and there are all too many state university “graduates” in today’s grade-inflated world who can barely even put their pants on properly. I suppose it’s just a cost-benefit equation first and foremost.

  • Bill Brown

    I’ve attended public schools my entire life and my wife has been both a public and private school teacher. I’m not convinced that the source of funding makes too much of a difference at this point.

    Environmentalism, multiculturalism, and other irrationalities are rampant in public and private schools. They’re rampant in the parents of public and private school students. They’re rampant in the teacher’s colleges that churn out teachers for both. They’re rampant in the culture.

    The only antidote for this is careful parenting and/or homeschooling, which is fraught with its own set of perils.