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When Government Offers to Help, It Often Makes a Mess

Scrap Iron in Texas Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 4:09 AM
I take exception with the following statement from the article. "Government policymakers failed to anticipate the responses of third parties attempting to game the system and grab some of the money government was making available" I firmly believe that the "policymakers" knew full well who would be grabbing much of the money available. I also believe that the "policymakers" ALSO benefited financially from these programs.
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...