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Well THAT'S better [Jul. 22nd, 2008|11:06 am]
Zoethe
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Finally feeling human again. Even if it took getting up this morning, working a little while, and then collapsing for an hour's nap. It was quite strange: I can only describe it as my body shaking off the last of the sickness like a dog shaking water from its fur. Now all I have is that post-illness, quiet feeling. The one that says, don't get all carried away, bucko, and you'll be fine.

I had a strange dream last night. Actually, most of the dream was the standard sort of "aliens invading the world, try to find someplace safe to hide." fare. But all my allies were strangers to me, a group of doubters in a world otherwise enthusiastically welcoming the aliens. And the first place we found to hide was discovered by other humans whose eyes were opened by the actual raid. But when I found a second, more secure hiding place, I was determined only to share it with the original group and to leave the late arrivals to their fate. I thought they were stupid and didn't deserve to be saved.

This seems a rather strange attitude for someone who fashions herself compassionate toward the underprivileged. And yet when I think about it, it's not really contradictory. I am concerned with the growing education gap. I think it is the job of society to do what it can to give people an opportunity to get on the playing field, even though it will never be level. I believe that regulation is necessary to prevent upstream producers from dumping their cost of doing business on the little guy downstream.

But once people have the same information and the ability to process it, if they are going to continue being stupid and ignoring consequences, well then my compassion dries up and they're on their own.

You can believe in both social and personal responsibility. If one accepts that, then we are just discussing matters of degree.

(Yeah, that kind of rambled all over the place. Blame it on post-infirmity brain.)
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[User Picture]From: uplinktruck
2008-07-23 01:25 pm (UTC)
The fact is that it does not matter which books the revenue comes out of, it still comes from you and I. If the government raises a tax or a fee on industry or business, they do not eat that cost. neither would I.

Those taxes and fees are passed along in the price. In the end the consumer ends up picking up the tab on all the taxes from the raw materials stage to cash register.

As for the mortgage industry, it is government regulations that lead us into the sub-prime mess. The Democratic led congress at the time twisted the arms of lenders because "only the rich" could afford to buy houses. You see, those mean old hard hearted money changers refused to make loans that carried too much risk.

Our congress, righteously outraged that not everyone could afford the American dream, tackled the problem with legislation and regulation. the forced the lenders to come up with programs to get less advantaged people, also written as "higher risk" mortgages written. The rest is history.

But again, anything the government does in the private sector will be done to a fault. For a tiny slice of that concept, take a look at some of the toys you and I grew up with. Toys that have either quietly vanished from the market place (Thing Maker, Vac-u-Form, Mighty Moe) or been sued out of existence. (Lawn darts, the Original Easy Bake Oven.)

We must accept some personal responsibility for our own actions. If you place your ladder on soft mud against a rusted rain gutter mounted on rotting and termite eaten eaves three stories above that mud and then put on a dazzling display of Newtonian physics, why should the government spank the ladder maker?

The same applies to the extraordinarily dim parent that would hand a set of lawn darts to a couple six years olds and tell them to go outside and play.

And these are just a couple among thousands of examples of what happens every time government steps in to solve a private sector problem.

However, I think you are mistaking a free market economy for a no rules economy. I am not in favor of a no rules economy. There should be and need to be reasonable regulations and oversight on things like pollution and safety.

Edited at 2008-07-23 01:26 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-23 05:44 pm (UTC)
It sounds like, in the end, we are much closer on this than initially appeared. I don't have the time or energy to dissect the mortgage crisis just now - we'll save that for another day!

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