"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, December 9, 2013

Private Sector v. Government Program

I had an encounter with a prominent private sector company last night.   I was having trouble with their product.   I called their help-line, and was connected with a live person in less than 30 seconds.   She listened to my problem and then connected me with a specialist.   I described my problem again to him and he said that they had recently been getting updates about that very problem and then walked me through a very simple step-by-step procedure to fix the problem.   About a minute, and the product was working good as new.

Oh, I also asked him about a new version of the same product that just came out... did people like it?   Was it working well?

He said they had sold 1.7 million units on the first day it was available, which had been timed for sales before Christmas.

In case you hadn't figured it out yet:

  • The company was Amazon.
  • The product I was having trouble with was the first-generation Kindle Fire.
  • The new product they just brought to market is the new generation Kindle Fire HDX.

1.7 million.   On the first day.

That's what you call a "roll-out."

Now, contrast that with the roll-out of Obamacare.  

And the libs want to convince us that Big Government is the answer when the evidence of how extraordinarily good the private sector and a free economy is at answering our needs is all around us. 

Has anyone in the Democratic Party ever bothered to read Adam Smith?   It's like we have to teach the same basic lessons, over and over again.

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