By Chris Rossini
President Obama was in Flint, Michigan today oiling the squeakiest wheel in government's never-ending world of problems. The President hopes to whisk away yet another embarrassment. But even after Flint disappears from the headlines, there's a good health habit that everyone would be wise to follow: Don't consume government water.
Even before Flint made the headlines, The Mises Institute alerts us that:
An AP investigation in 2008 discovered everything from antibiotics, antidepressants, sex hormones, erectile-dysfunction drugs, to tranquilizers in the water supplies of twenty-four metropolitan areas with 41–46 million Americans exposed.
Don't forget the poisonous fluoride that government dumps into water too.
There is nothing that President Obama can say or do to change the problems with government water. The simple reason is that market signals and incentives just aren't there for anything that is socialized. Whether it be government's schools, roads, police, or water, when you don't have profit & loss signals, you're always flying in the dark.
Government makes decisions politically. Every move is done for political reasons. They don't have profits and losses to guide them. They don't have customers that voluntarily give them money, and that can withhold money. Government steals every penny that it has.
When you're operating in such a warped atmosphere, you literally can't make correct decisions.
That's why no matter how much money gets pumped into government's so-called "education system," it continues to be a complete disaster. Everyone is trained to think that throwing money at something will magically solve the problem. It never does.
There is no "right" to water. It's a scarce resource like almost everything else. Government should never be in charge of allocating scarce resources. Things can get so bad you end up with something like Venezuela. They've been dealing with severe water rationing lately. That's where the absence of market prices, government price controls, and inflation can lead.
Government water is a problem that will never be solved, purely because it is government that is running it. That's why it's a good decision not to ingest it. Find another alternative.
Without private property, market prices, competition, profits & losses, government is always operating in the dark.
Leave them to themselves.
Don't drink that stuff.