3/13/2003 05:24:00 PM
SURPRISE! - InstaPundit linked to one of those online quiz things, and wouldn't you know it, I rated Libertarian. Imagine that!
Libertarian - You believe that the main use for
government is for some people to lord it over
others at their expense. You maintain that the
government should be as small as possible, and
that civil liberties, "victimless
crimes", and gun ownership should be basic
rights. You probably are OK with capitalism.
Your historical role model is Thomas Jefferson.
Which political sterotype are you?
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3/07/2003 05:15:00 AM
THE POLITICS OF THE COLUMBIA INVESTIGATION - At the first public hearing of the shuttle investigation board, the head of the Johnson Space Center said he's concerned that only 3,000 of the 10,000 space center workers are government employees. The article seems to imply that those figures are somehow surprising and haphazard, and not, as they were, a planned privatization effort. It also accepts as prima facie evidence that the presence of private workers compromised safety, the only question being if it was compromised too much. There's no allowance for private contractors being a neutral, or even positive, influence on safety. Sounds to me like uncritical reporting of sour grapes from government managers with an old axe to grind. Hopefully, the investigation board can rise above the petty political nonsense and focus on investigating the actual accident.