Re: Public Sector Incentives Are A Problem
All valid questions but I have a few comments:
- the "ethanol lunacy"...although I am not sure what exactly you mean by that. Using ethanol instead of gasoline is a wise move, ethanol can be created from renewable energy sources while burning gasoline makes it to be gone forever. The lunacy here is solely in the moronic subsidies for corn or other food crops for the sake of generating ethanol. Plenty have shown that especially switch grass is a much better plant to use. It grows almost everywhere, does not need fertilizer, and is much easier and more efficiently converted to ethanol than corn.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs: many of the native Americans are still forced to live on reservations under deplorable conditions. Sure, they could move if they could afford it and if they had the same educational opportunities as everyone else. I think that there is still a need for this bureau, but the focus should be clearly on serving the native population rather than patronize them
- in general, a lot of the valid criticism targets decisions that were made out of purely economical motives and those are typically pressed upon government and Congress by lobbyists. For example, the exporting of 'dirty' jobs is exclusively for economical reasons. Keep the benefits and export the problems. Good luck getting the private sector to take a stand here and act more ethical. The private sector does not care about anyone else than shareholders. Satisfying customers is a necessary means to generate more shareholder value and many companies show clearly that customer satisfaction is not their prime objective. See you example of the high cost of education in the US: the private sector managed to build a multi-billion Dollar industry by convincing governments to to do more standardized testing and constant curricula changes. Educating young people is not their prime objective, the sole goal is to make as much money as possible.