|Does anyone on this site have ANY idea how tiring it is to listen to Randroids cite chapter and verse of the Holy Text (OPAR) whenever these issues come up?|
"Government bad...private industry good."
Sure, it misses the entire point, but then you get to be 'correct,' what a RUSH!
Okay, since this is evidently The Children's Hour at SOLO, I'll start at the beginning, so none of you can accuse me of being a statist, nihilist, Liberal, blah blah blah.
1. The government has no business funding any television channels, such not being a proper role of government.
2. All government taxation is theft.
3. All government involvement in anything other than the Court system, national defense, and a few other very narrowly defined areas, is wrong, immoral, incorrect, misguided, inefficient, blah, blah.
4. SOME immoral use of our stolen money is even worse than others. When the citizenry at large derives SOME benefit from stolen tax dollars at work, it is better than tax dollars used by politicians to bribe one another, for example.
As for hypotheticals about how a free market will replace everything with something better, and solve all the world's ills, and for statements that nothing good can come out of a government program, blah blah--well, it is so much horseshit. If there was SUCH a HOT market for educational children's shows, WHERE are all the competitors? If Sesame Street and The Electric Company were such monstrous government abortions, how did any kids learn their friggin' ABC's? Why wasn't there a clamor for higher quality kids educational TV sufficient to support a for-pay network, or commerial-supported network?
Barney was private industry, wasn't he? Not only did that show NOT teach kids a damn thing, other than they want a Barney toy, but he also filled their little minds up with collectivist drivel and feel-good progaganda.
Private industry has also come up with such educational gems as Pokemon and Power Rangers.
No, it wasn't my choice to have the government pick my pocket to run an educational show. I just balk at it less than the legions of other stupid, absolutely return-free mis-use of tax money in this country. Is this concept really so difficult to understand?