The media are filled with stories about government incompetence, not to say indifference, in addressing the needs of the people. Commentators have jumped on the recent release of the death count from the September 2017 Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, one Washington Post op-ed censuring the “local and federal” response to that tragedy. Other observers have bemoaned government attempts to curtail access to health care or end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Such stories, regardless of your political affiliation, remind you that governments – with their often “one size fits all” approach to problems – inevitably offer citizens sub-optimal services.
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