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Libertarianism In Practice

By The Reverend Published: March 6, 2012

Above is a picture of tornado damaged Moscow, Ohio.

National Weather Service said...

The NWS said the tornado in Moscow measured 20 miles in length and was a quarter-mile wide. Winds in this tornado reached 160 mph. The tornado is blamed for killing two people in Bethel and one person in Moscow.

How to handle such devastation? If you are of libertarian persuasion, like so many members of the Tea Party are, I guess, you just pull a lot harder on those rugged individualistic boot straps....

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, stood by his libertarian beliefs on Sunday, saying that victims of the violent storms and tornadoes that have battered a band of states in the South and Midwest in recent days should not be given emergency financial aid from the federal government.

"There is no such thing as federal money," Paul said, on CNN’s State of the Union. "Federal money is just what they steal from the states and steal from you and me."

Not to be outdone by a Libertarian-Republican presidential candidate like Ron Paul, Ohio Governor John Kasich grabbed his libertarian boots out of the closet, laced them up tight and told FEMA...'no thanks.'

His decision means tornado-ravaged towns in Ohio will not get federal aid now and are not eligible at this time for potentially millions of dollars in payments and loans.

The governor said Ohio can respond to the crisis without federal help and he would not ask federal authorities to declare the region a disaster area.

“I believe that we can handle this,” Kasich said while visiting a shelter for storm victims at New Richmond High School. “We’ll have down here all the assets of the state.”

I've thought about Kasich's decision here....and try as I might....I can't seem to come up with a reasonable justification for refusing federal FEMA dollars to help deal with the devastation as seen in the picture at the top.

Here's Mitt Romney last year helping us understand actions like Governor Kasich's....Romney was asked by CNN's John King about last years record-breaking tornado damage and why the federal government shouldn't be helping relieve the suffering.

KING: Including disaster relief, though?

ROMNEY: We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.

Romney, no libertarian, nevertheless, gives a Tea Party answer similar to Ron Paul's. While Paul stated this oddity: "There is no such thing as federal money", Romney makes it clear that paying down federal debt is more critical for the "future of kids" than, I guess, helping the kids parents, you know, put their house back together right now.

In your own personal home situation, which would be a higher priority? Making the credit card payment or replacing the roof that blew off from over your kitchen? Romney says it's the credit card payment, hands down.

And apparently, Ohio Governor John Kasich agrees. He's the conservative governor who already turned down hundreds of millions from the feds designated for high speed rail. Though the federal money would have helped out Ohio's workforce during near-double digit unemployment in 2009-10, and provided a transportation alternative during our upcoming $4-$5 per gallon gasoline adventure.....Kasich said no, refused the money, and Ohio was worse off because of that decision.

Now Kasich has done it again....and this time I just don't get it. Isn't the job of the Governor to look after the needs of Ohioans? Do you think that any of those Moscow, Ohio citizens care about federal deficit spending numbers right now? If Kasich took FEMA's help, how could that possibly damage the Republican governor, politically? This makes no sense....and seems like hard-headedness just for the sake of being hard headed. Cutting off your nose because you don't like your does that help?

Unfortunately, Ohio does not have a recall law on the books or John Kasich would be experiencing what Scott Walker up in Wisconsin is experiencing this year. However, I don't want voters to forget about what the Republican Kasich is doing to families in and around Moscow, if the creek don't rise, and so forth....I'll be reminding readers of this incident come 2014 when Kasich comes up for re-election.

It is the Governor's job to look after the needs of Ohio citizens. That is especially true when a natural disaster strikes those citizens. Instead of doing everything possible to assist those families in getting back on their feet....Kasich is sticking out his chin, puffing up his chest and waging libertarian-political warfare against the very people he took an oath to protect.

This after allegedly balancing the state's budget by making all towns, cities, counties and school districts pay for the state's deficits. This after a failed attempt to reduce the salaries and benefits of middle class earning teachers, police and firefighters.

Libertarianism has never worked successfully anywhere in the world as a political ideology. No proponent of libertarian thought can produce one nation in history which has been a success under a 'you're on your own' form of government. Libertarianism may include some quaint personal virtues which may have value if practiced as an individual discipline.....but it is totally valueless as an operating political system in the U.S.

Kasich's rejection of federal disaster relief monies only adds to the valuelessness of libertarian thought.



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