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Government Gone Bad

KrankyMike Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 9:05 AM
Africa is an even better example. In terms of natural resources, Africa is the richest place on earth. The belief that government is the answer to all problems is the reason that it is the poorest place on earth. You cannot blame colonialism -- much as some of you want to. Nearly every land adopted socialism and crashed to the bottom within a few years of independence, Zimbabwe being only the most egregious example. India also adopted socialism and cruised at the bottom of the economic pool for many years -- then in the 1990's they discovered free markets (or at least, freeer markets). Still too much government, but proof that reducing government makes peoples' lives better.

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...