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Government Gone Bad

FletchforFreedom Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 10:24 AM
The Massey mine disaster was by about a billion orders of magnitude the exception rather than the rule, while Bhopal was caused by the Indian government that prohibited certain safety improvements and took away the insurance incentive to improve things still further. The examples fail miserably to make any valid point.

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...