In response to:

When Government Offers to Help, It Often Makes a Mess

Jeffrey286 Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 1:30 AM
I agree. The Republicans do lack some spine and they don't actually cut spending. Which is why I am SO PROUD of those 50 or so "Tea Party" candidates, who were elected back in 2010, who have gotten themselves some spine and are standing up and being just as stubborn about Taxes as Obama is. Obama considers "compromising" to be "Do everything I want," and wants to raise taxes on the so-called rich. The Tea Party Candidates are saying "No! We'll do it our way or no way!" And they won't vote for more taxes... for anyone.
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...