We’ve heard the suspicions, especially lately with the health care debate. People do not trust that the government can do anything well. I’ve heard a number of people use the United States Postal Service as the ultimate example. We stand in long lines at the Post Office. UPS and FedEx delivers packages more efficiently and at a better cost. Okay.
But I still think that the government has actually done some things quite well.
- Building the interstate highway system: We boast the best auto and truck transportation system in the world.
- Public Libraries: Most nations don't even have these.
- National Park Service: Our National Parks are amazingly preserved and managed.
- NASA: Not only are we the only nation to step foot on the moon, but because of the space program, our nation has developed amazing advances in materials, electronics, communications, and medicine.
- The Food and Drug Administration: We can actually trust that the medicine we take is what's on the label because of the government, unlike most of the world.
- The Centers for Disease Control: This agency has shown to be exceptional in combating emerging diseases and health risks, including birth defects, West Nile virus, avian, swine, and pandemic flu, E. coli, and bioterrorism.
- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Because of the FDIC, we can bank with confidence that our money will always be our money. Before the FDIC, if a bank lent more than it could support, people would lose their life savings.
So, contrary to what the pundits want us to believe, government is not always evil.
In fact, government is "God’s servant to do you good" (Romans 13:4).