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Creating a Risk-Free World

Anne220 Wrote: May 09, 2012 11:15 AM
Ah, and there's the Law of Unintended Consequences. There is a nearly perfect inverse correlation between cutting the percentage of smokers and the increasing rate of obesity. It's pretty much a toss up as to which costs society more in terms of health care costs. I certainly don't drive more recklessly using seat belts and, having raced sports cars in Marlboro, MD as a teenage girl, I'd not get behind the wheel without one. Helmets? No. If I drove more long distance I'd install a Bondurant five-point belt in the driver's seat. Back in the day, I too raced my bicycle at high speed with no protective head gear. I drove a 1942 Harley without a helmet. What next? Helmets required in the shower?
Rich Grise Wrote: May 09, 2012 12:19 PM
Neither of those things should "cost society" anything! People should pay their own bleeping bills!
A child leaving home alone for the first time takes a risk. So does the entrepreneur who opens a new business. I no more want government to prevent us from doing these things than I want it to keep us in padded cells.

Everyone has a different tolerance for risk. One person takes out a second mortgage to start a business. Another thinks that sounds nerve-racking, if not insane. Neither person is wrong. Government cannot know each person's preferences, or odds of success.

Even if it did, what right does it have to tell them what to do?

When government gets...