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Sometimes ‘Nothing’ Is Better Than ‘Something’ January 11, 2011

Posted by federalist in Government.

I opted out of commercial air travel long before the We Won’t Fly campaign. After all, the Precautionary Principle went to work right after 9/11 with the establishment of the Transportation Stupidity Administration (TSA).

Wes Benedict, paraphrasing Congressman Rush Holt, summarizes the problem:

Something bad happens. People demand Congress do “something” about it. Congress comes up with “something.” And so “something” gets implemented, even if it doesn’t do any good, because in the minds of Congress and the voters, “something” is better than nothing.

People, when it comes to government, “nothing” is usually better than “something.”



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