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Old 06-19-2013, 12:04 PM   #42
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Maher had a bit about 'making women nod' that I wish he would recover and recognize for it's much broader implications.

Liberals can be and very often are well intentioned, particularly the supporters as opposed to those in power. But too often liberal/progressive government solutions are 1) lip service to a real problem, and 2) a pathway to insider power gathering and societal dependence.

Sowell talks about working in the minimum wage enforcement agency, and how his coworkers were expressly disinterested in examining whether their program was working. The sole interest was collecting federal $$ for their enforcement efforts. Basically 'these laws give us something to do and $$ for doing it, so shut up and keep your head down.'

I think a lot of our problems as a decisionmaking community isn't our apathy so much as our implicit assumption that some duties of government are so obvious that surely someone is carrying them out for us. Surely someone is hard at work cutting waste. Surely someone is taking advantage of technological innovations to make government more transparent. Surely those who see policies garnering negative results are telling legislators and surely legislators are responding to those observations.

For the vast majority of the time, NONE of that is going on. Feelgood initiatives are introduced and touted for sympathy and enduring political support. They are poorly implemented and bureaucracy puts another aspect of everyday life under their purview and the whole monstrous machine moves on to the next shiny object.
I'm a liberal democrat, and I love this post. If more people were as eloquent, insightful, and level-headed as you are in this post, I think there would be significant strides in cross-party understanding and communication.

Bravo.
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