Friday, October 1, 2010

What Do We Get When the National Government Controls a Cemetery?

6,600 mixed-up graves. Really. Now try to imagine how a centralized health care bureaucracy will coordinate services for billions of people who are still alive. Not a pretty mental picture.

Those who would like to more fully explore the economics of bureaucracy should read Ludwig von Mises' Bureaucracy. I read it during my time as economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and can tell you that while doing so I was seeing the theory practiced every day.

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