To the Editor:
Re “Public Works: When ‘Big Government’ Plays Its Role,” by Adam Cohen (Editorial Observer, Nov. 13):
Recalling the glory years of the Public Works Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps reminds me how so many people today who profess to hate the government are the beneficiaries of these federal efforts.
How many of these same people who scream “socialist” at the drop of a hat have had their lives enriched by 12 years of public schooling, enjoyed the conveniences of highways and bridges, or have visited or worked in monuments and buildings built by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration?
The next time you hear some right-wingers or libertarians saying that government can’t do anything right, ask them how they got their primary education or how they got to work that morning!
Austin, Tex., Nov. 13, 2007
Note from KBJ: The letter writer confuses “government can’t do everything right,” which is manifestly true, with “government can’t do anything right,” which is manifestly false. Only anarchists believe that government can’t do anything right. Only progressives believe that government can do everything right.