Star Parker

If religion and traditional values are not the standard and if personal responsibility is not the means, how do you get from point A to point B?

The answer is politicians and bureaucrats write laws and regulations that allegedly achieve these just ends.

The result is we get a society that spends almost a trillion dollars a year on lawsuits, a trillion and half dollars a year complying with regulations, and less and less moral quality.

We get a society that tolerates a million abortions a year but will bear hundreds of billions of dollars of costs in frivolous lawsuits, motivated by alleged fairness and justice.

We live under the very costly illusion that we can write rules and laws that will displace traditional truths and personal responsibility.

Oilman J. Paul Getty once said that he didn’t believe in contracts because if he was dealing with an honest man he didn’t need one and if he was dealing with a crook, it didn’t matter.

I think it is a sign of our deeply troubled and lost society that so many don’t grasp the validity of Rick Santorum’s claim that morality and economy cannot be separated.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.