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When Government Offers to Help, It Often Makes a Mess

dahni Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 1:56 PM
Everywhere in the kingdom of living things where some kind of social order is put in place you will see two aspects for it's success : 1) an accepted set of rules governing what the society as a whole will do to protect the individual; and 2) an accepted set of rules determining the responsibility the individual has in taking care of himself. The society cannot work if either aspect is not maintained. America is in the situation where the social order in the form of the Government is imposing and maintaining rules for provision of 'care' for the members; and where individuals no longer are taught of be responsible for individual choices which are in conflict with society wide rules.
dahni Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 1:58 PM
Simply said, one has individual rights within the society and individual responsibilty for individual decisions.
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...