Hurricane Katrina and Government Bureaucracy

High Hopes, Low Expectations

American Association of American Voters
Oct, 2005

If nothing else, hurricane Katrina reaffirmed something many of us already know. Government bureaucracies are slow inefficient entities–even on a good day. On a bad day, as we’ve recently seen, government can be much worse. The stories of delayed evacuation, slow rescue response, and inadequate relief are many, and unnecessary to rehash.

There is one thing however, that deserves another look. What exactly should we demand from our government? And what can we realistically expect? If New Orleans is any kind of reliable gauge, expectations were much greater than what was delivered. Immediately following the disaster, a deluge of criticism inundated the Bush administration with accusations that it didn’t do enough to aid the hurricane victims. In the minds of many, the government fell woefully short.

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Social Security Deception

Calculating Democrat Nonsense

American Association of American Voters
March, 2005

On Feb 17, Democratic Senators Harry Reid and Charles Schumer announced the unveiling of their Social Security calculator, a political contrivance designed to “demonstrate” the unworkability of President Bush’s Social Security reform proposals. It wasn’t much of a news story until Schumer issued his own press release to the media. All of a sudden the news outlets were parroting the press release as if it was hard news, treating the story as if the Democrats really had just designed an actual Social Security calculator that functioned with the precision and accuracy of a NASA computer.

Let’s get this out of the way first: There is no calculator. That would imply that objective mathematics was being applied. No, what the Democrats have created is not so much a calculator as it is a spin machine meant to assist their efforts to derail Social Security reform.

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