Or Can They?
Found this at Lugosi's blog, which he found on FaceBook. Well worth passing along:
This morning I awoke to my alarm clock, powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) determined the weather was going to be, using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). I watched this while eating my breakfast of US Department of Agriculture inspected food, and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
At the appropriate time, as regulated by the U.S. Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved automobile and set out to work on the roads built by local, state, and federal Departments of Transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of the quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the U.S. Postal Service and wave to the the kids being taken to the public school.
After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to a house which is not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal’s inspections, and which not has been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local Police Department. Finally, I can log onto the internet, which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration, and post on FoxNews.com forums about how socialism in medicine is bad because the government can't do anything right.
"Let's all be careful out there!"