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Government Gone Bad

David578 Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 1:20 PM
"The land of the free and the home of the brave". These are not 2 independent ideas, they are mutually dependent, you cannot be free if you are not brave....we are no longer brave, and therefore we will quickly cease to be free.

Politicians claim they make our lives better by passing laws. But laws rarely improve life. They go wrong. Unintended consequences are inevitable.

Most voters don't pay enough attention to notice. They read headlines. They watch the Rose Garden signing ceremonies and hear the pundits declare that progress was made. Bipartisanship! Something got done. We assume a problem was solved.

Intuition tells us that government is in the problem-solving business, and so the more laws passed, the better off we are. The possibility that fewer laws could leave us better off is hard to grasp. Kids visiting Washington don't...