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When Government Offers to Help, It Often Makes a Mess

AKA Deerhunter Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 9:50 AM
I agree with the title of this column - but I would remove the word "often". To paraphrase Reagan - "if government is the answer - Id like to know what the question is". Here's the Deerhunter's admonition to all government employees (teachers, policemen and firemen excluded) - continue bilking the taxpayers by pretending you're doing something useful - but SHUT UP about how necessary you are.
There's a natural human impulse to help people who need a hand. In the political world, that often translates to an impulse to have government help people who need a hand. Who wants to argue with that?

But experience tells us that it's not always easy to help. Individuals' good intentions go awry. Government programs sometimes produce unintended consequences that make things worse for the intended beneficiaries.

Consider what could be called the three H's: health care, housing and higher education.

Over the last generation and more, government has stepped in to help ordinary individuals and those with special problems on...