Leftists love to push the narrative that the government is the solution to all of life’s problems. In fact, the bigger and more powerful the government, the better.
They also love to hold up governments of other countries as examples of how the United States should be.
Now we have yet another example of how they are wrong on both counts.
A shocking video of a freeway sign crashing down on an SUV in Melbourne, Australia, has circulated on social media.
WATCH: This incredible dash cam vision shows the heart-stopping moment a freeway road sign came loose, crushing the car below. #9News
— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) January 9, 2019
But the story around it gives us our example of how government does not hold itself to its own standards for private enterprise. And this applies to both Australia and the United States.
Nine News Melbourne reported that 53-year-old Nella Lettieri was driving the SUV that was hit, and she was lucky to have been able to escape the incident alive.
The signage is owned by the government. So what is the government doing about it?
It is conducting an investigation, and it had inspectors check other signs on the Tullamarine Freeway, which resulted in one being removed “as a precaution.”
Additionally, the government will pay for damages.
It’s clear that had the sign been owned by a private enterprise, this would have been handled in a very different matter.
Let’s look at how the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill was handled by the U.S. government. BP is a private enterprise.
This impacted other private enterprises.
President Donald Trump has since revoked Obama’s order. But that example of how badly government hits private enterprise after a disaster is not the only evidence we have to make the case that government does not hold itself to the same standards.
In another example from right here in the United States, we have the Gold King Mine waste spill, in which Environmental Protection Agency personnel caused the release of toxic wastewater into the Animas River. The EPA, despite its claim of taking responsibility, did little in terms of accountability.
“If a private sector company did this, it’s likely that the CEO or some members of that company would actually be in jail right now,” Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, said during a congressional hearing, according to The Heritage Foundation.
And that is not all. CBS reported that the EPA said it would not be paying claims that “total(ed) $1.2 billion for economic damages,” although “claims could be refiled in federal court, or Congress could authorize payments.”
The reasoning for this was that “attorneys for the EPA and the Justice Department concluded the EPA is barred from paying the claims because of sovereign immunity, which prohibits most lawsuits against the government.”
The Heritage Foundation said the U.S. government has “criminally prosecuted private parties under the Clean Water Act for negligently polluting bodies of water like the Animas River without a permit.” But that standard did not seem to apply when the government was the guilty party.
So, it doesn’t seem to matter if it is a foreign government or the U.S. government — the accountability for their misdeeds is low. It’s a much different story for private enterprise.
Big government is not the solution. It is part of the problem.
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