Gassing On a Bit

Government does some things well. (I believe that is called a major premise). I am not, however, going to prove that premise. This is not school and I am not attempting to get a grade. Instead, I would like to point to an article which addresses the flip side of things:

The gas gauge broke. There was no smartphone app to tell me how much was left, so I ran out. I had to call the local gas station to give me enough to get on my way. The gruff but lovable attendant arrived in his truck and started to pour gas in my car’s tank. And pour. And pour.

“Hmmm, I just hate how slow these gas cans are these days,” he grumbled. “There’s no vent on them.”

That sound of frustration in this guy’s voice was strangely familiar, the grumble that comes when something that used to work but doesn’t work anymore, for some odd reason we can’t identify.

I’m pretty alert to such problems these days. Soap doesn’t work. Toilets don’t flush. Clothes washers don’t clean. Light bulbs don’t illuminate. Refrigerators break too soon. Paint discolors. Lawnmowers have to be hacked. It’s all caused by idiotic government regulations that are wrecking our lives one consumer product at a time, all in ways we hardly notice.

We are being protected from ourselves whether we like it or not. This protection is an outgrowth of a couple wrong beliefs: 1) All bad things are preventable; and 2) Experts know how to prevent bad things from happening.

How many modern improvements cost us more, work less, confuse matters or otherwise move us two steps backwards for every step forward? And how many of those can be traced to people who are from the government and are here to help?

Please, go read it all.