And yet the newspaper story called the job cut crucial to combating the countys high smoking rates. Crucial.
Can an unnecessary government service be crucial?
The idea that the people, in their private (and truly communal) lives, should handle decisions about such pleasures as smoking, and its sometime non-pleasurable consequences, is foreign to the modern way of running government. But the modern way is becoming passé, as we now strain to meet budgets.
Besides, so much of what government does is, itself, illegitimate.
When times get tough, it shouldnt be hardball politicians seek to play. It should be a more joyous game, one of relief. We should be glad to get rid of intrusive government programs, busybodies, nannies. . . .
We should be glad to get rid of paid propagandists telling us how to live (even if we agree with them).
Politicians can either view the current situation as an opportunity for reform or to cling to power, like Mubarak, using the hardest of hardball politics.