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Government Gone Bad

willis9 Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 1:48 PM
FDR said there were no unintended consequences in the laws but that they were carefully crafted to do exactly those things, but but were carefully concealed in the details. A rare moment of political honesty.

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...