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When Government Offers to Help, It Often Makes a Mess

Bear Trax Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 10:30 PM
That has become the purpose of government solutions, namely, employ friends and relatives of politicans and campaign contributors. That's why the most efficient government programs have 65% administrative costs yet don't get a syllable of mention as government spending problems.
Corlyss Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 5:19 AM
Close but no cigar.

The purpose of government is to continue by humoring the largest class of voters, i.e., the middle class. To look at friends, relations, and contributors without looking in the mirror is a moral failure characteristic of the greediest of takers: i.e., again, the middle class.
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...