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Government Gone Bad

Scrap Iron in Texas Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 4:34 AM
The only way a politicians can get re-elected is to tell the voters what he did, Doing nothing doesn't win you elections. But there are times when doing nothing is the best thing to do. Ask a doctor. If a person is stabbed, you don't necessarily pull the knife out right away. You better make sure what you do does not cause harm. Hey, here's an idea. Some sort of Hippocratic oath for politicians to take upon being elected. Nahh, wouldn't work. They already take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and they don't fulfill THAT oath. What was I THINKING??
Illbay Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 12:30 PM
If politicians MEANT the words they utter in that oath, Barack Hussein Obama would have been arrested as a domestic enemy four years ago.
Whitebeard Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 6:16 AM
Scrap Iron: Good analogy. Suddenly ending all the "progressive" programs of the last 100 years would be like pulling out the knife too soon - and the patient would bleed to death. As a nation, we should be designing a path toward liberation from these programs, but we are hellbent on doubling down on them (...if one accepts the previous election as legitimate). Lots of misery ahead under Ocare. Lots of new stab wounds.
David3036 Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 6:52 AM
Eisenhower got the nickname "the do-nothing president" because he did not have an agenda of new laws that he wanted passed. He did, however, concentrate on important stuff like building the interstate hightway system. I thought it was great that he was not interested in expanding the bureaucracy. Once you add a government program and build that new bureacracy, it has a constituency that will never allow you to get rid of it.

Look at LBJ's "war on poverty" and what those new government programs cost at the same time we were paying for a war. I once did some calculations on one of the Great Society job-training programs. For what it cost and the number of people trained we could have sent every one of them to Harvard.
Scrap Iron in Texas Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 8:01 AM
I have heard the cost of the "(not so) Great Society" at $16 trillion.
And it did NOTHING to reduce the number of poor people.

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...