Saturday, March 27, 2010

Government Happy Talk has left Us Angry and In Debt

 What is the Purpose of Government?

The purpose of government?  Progressives have an (unsurprising) answer in this good article in the Times Online.  (Enjoy it while you can Rupert Moloch will start charging later this year.)

I have always maintained that Big Government Progressives are not evil.  They just think they know what's best for the rest of us.  They remain restless and mischievous until they have us all yolked to the state and marching in lockstep.

This sums up their ruling philosophy pretty well:
"once basic needs are met, governments should abandon a narrow focus on economic growth or gross domestic product (GDP). They should, instead, define collective wellbeing and seek policies that promote happiness."

WRONG!  This may work in England or San Francisco, but ordinary Americans bristle at government defining transcendent concepts like "Wellbeing" for them.  How do you promote the collective happiness of 300 million diverse individuals?  Democrats have proven this to be a fool's errand.

The author neatly dispatches such silliness, and for good reason.  We are autonomous beings, each pursuing our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in our own way.

Sometimes, Happiness is being left the hell alone...


LSP said...

"Policies that promote happiness" - well, they could get rid of income tax for starters - but it's odd, isn't it, how governments rarely vote themselves out of work...

Silverfiddle said...

Gotta keep that taxpayer-powered, self-licking ice cream cone going!

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