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When Government Offers to Help, It Often Makes a Mess

Wendy60 Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 1:43 PM
I would add that the issue is not consequences of government interference. The issue is individual inalienable rights. Once government breaches its proper functions, regardless of reason, there is no objective principle by which to limit it from further breaches. America did not fall apart when government was limited. It flourished. There is no reason and no excuse not to go back to a limited government.
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...