Big Government Provides

Milton Friedman famously said that if you put Big Government in charge of the Sahara Desert, within five years there would be a shortage of sand. Put it in charge of the public restrooms at Coney Island and you get this:

The city is so hard up for cash that it’s rationing toilet paper in women’s public restrooms — to the point where bathroom attendants are doling out a few measly squares per patron — along the world-famous Coney Island boardwalk.

The Post witnessed stone-faced Parks Department employees leave toilet-paper dispensers empty last week and instead force astonished female beachgoers to form “ration lines” in the bathrooms.

What paper women can get is the cheap single-ply kind. At men’s toilets, there isn’t any paper at all.

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Needless to say it would be cheaper to buy more toilet paper than to hire overpaid government drones to dole it out a square at a time. But with the mountains of money New York bleeds out of taxpayers, cash isn’t the problem. The inherent inefficiency of socialism is.

Dianna Carlin, owner of the Lola Star Boutique, said the bathrooms should be in better shape considering boardwalk merchants agreed to pay the city fees this summer to keep them open longer.

“I gave $1,000 but would’ve been better off buying $1,000 worth of toilet paper and dropping it off,” she said.

At least Sheryl Crow ought to be pleased.

Put this story on a $trillion scale, apply it to life and death situations, and you have the unfolding calamity of ObamaCare.

Socialism applied to the bathroom.

On a tip from Kevin S. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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