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Mother Teresa wasn’t so very saintly, a new study reports.
"The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make a criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. This is the press, an irresponsible press. If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."
— Malcolm X
The Veterans Affairs scandal. The Obamacare website launch. The response to Hurricane Katrina. Government seems to be getting more and more incompetent — and now, new data supports that perception. In the past three decades, the average number of epic fails has grown from 1.6 to 3.0 per year. What’s going on here?
Paul Light, who studies governance at the Brookings Institution, identified and ranked the 41 most significant government failures between 2001 and 2014. He broke them down into two categories: failure of oversight (such as when an armed terrorist managed to board a plane in 2009) and failure of operations (such when the CDC failed to provide a sufficient supply of vaccines in 2004, prior to flu season).
Freedom is yours. Its absence implies someone else or some system has taken it from you. Government cannot give you freedom; they can only return to you what they stole in the first place.