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When did it become "The Feds' Job?"

I debated a long time on just how, or even whether, to comment about Hurricane Katrina and its catastrophic aftermath in New Orleans. Eugene Robinson's op-ed "It's the Feds' Job' column in today's Washington Post erased whatever doubt lingered in my mind. Seems one of the items on the Left's 'talking points" against the Bush administration and the federal government involves the matter of limited-government. Will Wilkinson, writing at Tech Central Station, skewers the New York Times' Maureen Dowd and Paul Krugman as well as the Post's Harold Meyerson over this issue. Robinson's column was no exception when he penned, "Now it falls to the Bush administration, so heavy on limited-government ideology . . . Make no mistake, nothing less than an all-out effort by the federal government will do -- state and local government can't possibly deal with this devastation on their own."

Columns by Llewellyn Rockwell and Walter Block, both posted at the von Mises Institute make the very logical case that "Katrina came and went with far less damage than anyone expected. It was the failure of the public infrastructure and the response to it that brought down civilization." Block adds that "Private enterprise alone should determine if the Big Easy is worth saving or not." Space does not permit a summary of Rockwell's and Block's argument, but both papers are well-worth reading. As Wilkinson notes, "New Orleans is paying for the failure to limit government, for the profligate abuse of the notion of the public good." For a fuller discussion of limited government, see A Principle of the Traditional American Philosophy.