Bill Murchison

As if policy "experts" were not growing almost daily in disrepute, along came the Environmental Protection Agency Monday to fortify, in a backward way, the case for just plain old, you know, common sense in public policy. No 2,000-page congressional bills; no international conferences; just homely intuition, leading to the conclusion that, Pa, this whole thing don't sound right.

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Until recently we hadn't had that sort of whoa, hold it, in the face of untested testimony by phalanxes of scientists and the like. Doubtless this is why the EPA hopes, if probably vainly, to get by with drawing up, under the Clean Air Act, grand measures for the suppression of greenhouse gases as pollutants.

EPA's announcement of its intention to get tough coincided with the start of the Copenhagen conference on global warming, concerning which we'll all get an earful in coming days. World leaders, including the man who is driving current EPA policy -- President Obama -- will commit themselves in a meaningless way to shrinking the world's "carbon footprint."

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats soldier on, projecting miracle cures for a not-really-sick health care system provided, basically, that Americans look the other way and do as they're told.

The "experts" are in fullest flower, issuing analyses and orders as if they were, collectively, the Great and Terrible Oz. They aren't. People are prudently looking with greater suspicion on the men behind the curtain who cook up schemes for general betterment.

A new Rasmussen poll shows just 43 percent of Americans in favor of the health care bills now before Congress, whereas 51 percent oppose the bills. Why so? Start with the fact that both bills are about 2,000 pages. That's enough pages to give anyone pause, except maybe an expert. Back during the financial collapse, which was brought on in part by a wide resort to shaky, complicated investments, we learned supposedly the lesson that you invest only in what you understand.

Here's Congress, even so, asserting the truth of things it can't possibly know, e.g., that bringing health care under total federal control would make us healthy, wealthy and wise. It sure enough don't sound right, Pa, as half the population seems to be saying. Not that the Democrats care, when expert legislative craftsmen -- can't we just take their word? -- have supposedly got everything fixed up.

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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