Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Rachel Maddow: All in one Printer / US Government

This is a excerpt from the Rachel Maddow Show Thursday January 6th 2011:

About 10 or 15 years ago, office supply companies started marketing a machine they said would do away with the need for lots of other machines.  They combined into one thing your printer and your fax machine and your scanner and your copier, remember? 
The printer/copier/scanner/fax machine  --  one thing, the only one that would do all of those tasks.  Everybody (INAUDIBLE) because it seemed like such a reasonable idea and they were so economical. 
And then, everybody realized the new all-in-one machine, the printer/copier/scanner/fax, technically might be capable of sort of doing all of those things, but it did none of those things particularly well. 
So if your office is like my office, there is probably a beat-down, all-in-one machine clunker stuck somewhere in a corner consigned to do one of the things it was marketed to do, which it does sort of serviceably.  And all of its other tasks have been relegated back to machines that can actually do that work even if they just do that one thing. 
You can do one thing well or you can do everything poorly. 
She goes on to ridicule the Pentagon for spending a lot of money on some specific military hardware that she thinks is unnecessary and too expensive.  Funny how liberals and progressives want to cut back on spending with the military, one of the only responsibilities of the federal government.

I don't know if she realizes it but she just gave the argument not for wasteful military spending but for the fact that government shouldn't be doing all the things that it is doing.  When the federal government is an all in one printer, subsidizing corn farmers to do nothing or feeding school children at school and their parents at home, it does all of those things poorly.  When it should stick to the specific responsibilities in the Constitution and do those few things well.

Thank Rachel Maddow for making our argument more precise and more visual!

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