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Government Gone Bad

MadisonWannabe Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 2:14 PM
Look at it from the opposite point. Many people will not put in any more effort than is absolutely necessary. Welfare fraud is still here because of those that will not work, and we have those that are trying to get on disability even though they are able to work but just do not want to. If these things were handled at the local level it would be different. My neighbor who is trying to get disability would get nothing from those around him because we know the story. It is easier to fool someone in DC than next door. The problem is too much government.

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...