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When Government Offers to Help, It Often Makes a Mess

jmg11 Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 2:53 AM
"When Government Offers to Help, It Often Makes a Mess" Often? often? often? Ha, ha, OK, I got it, that’s a nice understatement. But come on, Mike Barone, you are supposed to be the author or thought leader here, you are so timid you cut the point off your own message. The government ALWAYS makes a mess when it “helps” -- and you know it. No observer could have missed this simple point. Why not say it straight? It is easy to support this simple and correct thesis.
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...