Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Big Lie: Big Government Sucks

A friend messaged this graphic to me today. The message he wished to make is that big government sucks.

Of course, it’s what a “lefty” should expect from a conservative website. The problem, as usual, is it’s an “alternative fact,” I guess you could call it—or, perhaps, it’s “truthful hyperbole.”

The fact is that Hiroshima was rebuilt because of big government initiatives: The Japanese government through the Hiroshima Peace Memorial City Construction Law passed in 1949. Moreover, “the US occupied Japan from 1945 to 1949, and in that time rebuilt Japan to a large degree, in what was, in effect, the Japanese version of the Marshall Plan,” the American initiative to aid Western Europe after the end of World War ll.

“Between 1946 and 1952, Washington invested $2.2 billion—or $18 billion in real 21st-century dollars adjusted for inflation—in Japan’s reconstruction effort.”