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Bolivar Ferry In The Houston Ship Channel—How About A Tea Party Citizen-Navy?

When the boats that are part of the Bolivar Ferry service need some repairs or a tune-up, it seems that they are taken to the spot you see above in the Houston Ship Channel.

The red boat and the yellow boat in the picture are each part of the Bolivar Ferry.

The Bolivar Ferry is a free government service offered by the State of Texas that takes folks between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula.

The Bolivar Chamber of Commerce has no objections at all to this subsidy.

The Houston Ship Channel receives all sorts of government funds to stay up and running.

I’m not aware of any large industrial concerns complaining about socialism at the Houston Ship Channel.

Maybe Tea Party cells and small government advocates could muster up volunteer crews to run the ferry and to operate the Houston Ship Channel.

Surely the Tea Party has considered raising a citizen-volunteer navy to go along with all the talk of citizen militias and defending freedom.

(Photo copyright 2011 by Neil Aquino.)

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March 31, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Why would volunteers be needed to run the ferry? There is no government passenger aircraft service between, say, here and Austin, and yet Southwest flights aren’t manned by volunteers.

    You’ve constructed a bizarre straw-man caricature of limited-government proponents wherein you demand that they perform current government functions for nothing, and then mock them when they rightly decline.

    Besides, considering the warm welcome the Port Authority gave Khamis Gaddafi (son of the Libyan dictator) in January, I’m not sure you should use that agency as a model of the good things governments can do with the money they extract.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | April 1, 2011

  2. We’ve all heard the cries of socialism from the right many times in recent years. The overall intent is to delegitimize government as a whole. Yet the objections seem to be loudest when what is at issue is something proposed by Barack Obama or some other frequent target. Southwest Airlines is a private concern. (Though I’m sure they make use of all sort of government subsidized aviation safety and meteorological services.) The Bolivar Ferry is all government. You’d think there would be an outcry just as a matter of principle.

    The Port Authority is not my model for anything. The Ship Channel gets all sorts of government money and it always has. That is the extent of what I’m saying. Where are the objections in principle to the government intrusion into private enterprise?

    Comment by Neil Aquino | April 1, 2011

  3. The overall intent is to delegitimize government as a whole.

    I’m not sure whether you’re saying this out of malicious dishonesty or just a misunderstanding of the arguments. Either way, it’s simply false.

    Conservatives believe in a government that performs its essential functions. Rule of law and respect for government as an institutiton is maximized when government does what it does well, and that’s all.

    By expanding the size and scope, you dilute that respect.

    Personally, I don’t think shuttling idle photographer-poets from one lump of sand to another qualifies as an essential function. But if you haven’t heard much of an outcry, it’s because there are bigger fish to fry.

    You try to paint conservatives as hypocritical on this, because we might oppose one area of government involvement (say, in medicine or aspects of Social Security) while favoring involvement in another (say, in building roads). In reality, there is no contradiction unless you have the mistaken notion that government must do everything or must do nothing.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | April 1, 2011

  4. Matt–Have to run. Will reply to your misguided comment soon. Though that ferry tranposrts a great deal of commercial traffic and save m oney for business places on both sides of the route. If there are long lines of idle photographers and poets here in Texas, that is indeed a surprise.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | April 2, 2011

  5. […] Bolivar Ferry In The Houston Ship Channel—How About A Tea Party … Maybe Tea Party cells and small government advocates could muster up volunteer crews to run the ferry and to operate the Houston Ship Channel. Surely the Tea Party has considered raising a citizen-volunteer navy to go along with all the talk . The Port Authority is not my model for anything. The Ship Channel gets all sorts of government money and it always has. That is the extent of what I'm saying. Where are the objections in principle to the government intrusion into . […]

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