October 13, 2013
So I am at the pool today in Maryland.
This old man--looks about 100, yes really!--comes up to me and starts a conversation.
He says, you know what--my friend in California is 99-years old and he just got his driver's license renewed--for 5 years!
Imagine that--can the State of California with confidence really issue a 5-year driver's license to someone at that age and believe that both the drivers' safety and public safety is provided for?
Yes, the problems at the Federal government level are ginormous--the national debt, the level of social entitlements, the "true" unemployment rate, the poverty level, our failing healthcare system, and more.
Still we cannot forget that some of the most important services that citizens get are at the State and Local levels of government--police, fire & rescue, transportation, community development, family planning, and more.
For government to function effectively--we need all levels to act rationally, responsibly, and with care for the people in mind--both short-term and long-term.
Issuing 5-year driver's license to 99-year old individuals can have a devastating impact on someone family if that person loses control of their vehicle due to their physical or mental condition.
Similarly, issuing social entitlements (and they may indeed be needed) without a realistic plan for funding the system is irresponsible and can have a catastrophic impact to families around the nation when the system comes up short.
Government has to run with common sense--and stop setting up rules that are shortsighted and blind to the bigger picture.
Yes, people deserve to drive and to have medical care and so forth, but politicians should set up these systems, so that the people are really served, and not just their political agendas. ;-)
(Source Video: Michelle Blumenthal)