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Government Gone Bad

Richard1250 Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 10:44 AM
If you want to understand how sinister government really is, just tune in to local city government in any city in America. As John stated, people don't ask their representatives how many laws they repealed. Every city council clamors to find more arcane rules and regulations to politic, egrandize, debate, and push into onto the unknowing public. Every rule requires regulation, every regulation requires regulators. Government deludes itself into thinking it "creates jobs." But the more rules, the more regulations, the more government, the more taxes, and the less money left to actually hire people into real jobs. When the government disincentivizes the private sector from creating wealth, then the result is obvious -- no wealth for anyone.

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...