Is the Government Really That Bad?

There is a lot of controversy in this country (and many others) regarding politics and our elected officials. Most people you ask will have some sort of opinion on the subject, and the majority of those opinions will be negative.

Why do we have such a negative view on the people we elect? Is it because of the “facts” that we have “read up” on? (where is it that you’re getting your information from??) Or is it, more likely in my opinion, the way the media spins their image?

I bring this up because working towards a sustainable future will undoubtedly need government funding, man-power, and know how. Consider the amount of issues the government is expected to tackle on a daily basis- terrorism, health care, the economy, poverty, international relations, infrastructure, the environment (and we all expect them to tackle them WELL, don’t we?). That’s not to mention the smaller, currently well run processes like the mail system, roadways, water supplies, waste removal-  just to name a few – So, should we really be putting that much blame on the government if they can’t do every single thing right every single time?

Granted, I certainly don’t agree with everything the government does with my tax money. Of course there are things I would change and object to. Everything is not perfect. That doesn’t mean that the world is crashing down and nothing will ever get done.

Personally, while I think that the government will need to play a crucial role in progressing forward with this whole sustainability business, I really don’t believe we should be sitting around waiting for them to take the lead or bear the majority of the burden. After all, it is mainly the private sector and individual consumption that contributes to pollution and unsustainable business practices.

Below is an excerpt from one of my text books regarding how some people view bureaucrats:

Excerpt

What is your opinion?

Throw Out Your Trash a Little More Responsibly

You can find these biodegradable trash bags at Duane Reade for about $9 (40ct). They are the only biodegradable ones I’ve found that are a decent price, as strong as normal plastic trash bags, and easy to find. According to the box, they degrade “within 12-24 months when disposed of in a landfill or soil in the presence of oxygen, heat & stress”. That is way, WAY faster than regular plastic!

**Clean and Easy Drinking Water

1.5 million children die every year of illnesses related with unsafe drinking water.
884 million people do not even have access to safe water supplies- which equates to about one in eight people in the world (water.org, 2010). These places include Kenya, Rwanda, Pakistan, India, El Salvador, and Argentina. Even California has political issues with ensuring the safety of it’s own drinking water.

With only 10 cents per day, an item the size of a ketchup packet can change the lives of thousands of people in places where suitable drinking water is not available. This item is a powder which purifies 2.5 gallons of any type of water in only 20 minutes.

Check out the links below for more information on it, and a video on how it works:

Pur

Watch the Video on How it Works

Water.org Site (easy read from good sources)

California 2010 Water Bond (PDF)