Maher: Banks, car companies and health care more screwed up than the Post Office

Bill Maher ranted insightfully about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s two-pronged message that “government is bad” and “Americans can do anything”:

The stimulus package was attacked as typical tax-and-spend, you know like repairing bridges is left-wing stuff. Ooh, there the liberals go again. Always wanting to get across the river.

Folks, the people are the government. The first responders who put out your fires. That’s your government. The ranger who shoos pedophiles out of the bathroom. The postman who delivers your porn. I mean how stupid is it when people say “Oh yeah that’s all we need. The Federal Government telling Detroit how to make cars, or Wells Fargo how to run a bank. You want them to look like the Post Office?”

Yeah. Actually. You mean the place that takes a note in my hand in L.A. on Monday and gives it to my sister in Jersey on Wednesday for forty-two cents? Well, let me be the first to say I would be thrilled if America’s health care system was anywhere near as functional as the Post Office.

The truth is, recent years have made me much more wary of government doing the opposite. Of stepping aside and letting unregulated private enterprise run things it is plainly too greedy to trust with, like Wall Street, like rebuilding Iraq. Like the way Republicans always frame the health care debate by saying health care decisions should be made by doctors and patients, not government bureaucrats. Leaving out the fact that health decisions aren’t made by doctors, patients or bureaucrats. They’re made by insurance companies.

Posted by James on Saturday, March 07, 2009