One would think our state and federal government’s response to natural disasters would be well on it’s way to seamless by now. Why is Puerto Rico still largely without power and clean water a month after Hurricane Maria made landfall? Why are our elderly standing in long lines for hours braving oppressive heat just for food assistance post Hurricane Irma? Having spent a portion of my career working for state and federal government entities, I’ve come to the conclusion many of our fellow Americans want government to be dysfunctional, inefficient and ineffective. The purpose of this of course is to make the case for smaller government and expanded privatization despite the fact that just as many Americans want more government.
A dysfunctional, inefficient, ineffective government is often purposely executed by design to discourage the bottom twenty-five percent already living below the poverty line from seeking help. This approach is employed by most conservative administrations to create frustration, disgust and distrust in the “little man” while the wealthy enjoy handsome tax cuts, jet setting all over the world on taxpayer dime etc. The ultimate goal is to serve the rich and powerful at the expense of the middle class/working poor and condition them to expect NOTHING from their government. The right wing firmly believes the more you treat people like sub-humans and “pull the rug from under them” the more likely they are to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and magically become more productive and financially stable. There is zero proof whatsoever this ideology even remotely works.
If American voters truly want a government of the people, by the people and for the people, we must elect politicians who don’t benefit from it’s sabotage.