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Thursday, September 22, 2011

If Health care planning is like green energy planning, hold on to your seats

In this article in Investor Business Daily we see how well government planning is working out in the Green area.

Here is in in a nutshell. The government gives a 527 million dollar loan guarantee to a solar panel manufacturing company whose business plan worked out badly and the company went broke.Now the employees have applied for a government funded jobs retraining program to cost another 14 million dollars.

On the one hand we have the government tossing away half a billion dollars on a company who was not viable in the market and on the other we have the government raiding and closing down ( hopefully only temporarily) a company on the basis on vague foreign laws.See here for DrRick's take on the Gibson Guitar Company raid by the Fish and Wildlife police and how that exemplifies the principle of Regulatory Speed Trap.

And speaking of regulations,it makes one feel warm and fuzzy and very secure to know that hundreds ( thousands ?) of government technocrats are working on the details that will give ambiguous and flexible operational meaning to the hundreds of pages of Obamacare. Yes, the very same government that gave us Solargate and raids a viable US company for using the wrong kind of wood is busy at work finishing the details that will shape health care for the country.What could go wrong with that??

1 comment:

Andrew_M_Garland said...

The average guy hasn't yet seen government control of his profession close up, except in medicine, banking, and auto manufacturing. Why can't knowledgable, fact-based, systematic government oversight bring community and efficiency to everyone  (sarcasm)?

Thomas Jefferson: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is powerful enough to take everything you have". The dramatic increase in government regulation and direction of private business is killing business activity. Who wants to invest in many years of risk and hard work, to end up taxed to death by the government as a "person of too much wealth".

The Department of Work and Production

An encounter of an ordinary guy with a government agency that is going to make his profession more efficient, and save or increase his salary.