Nov 4, 201503:59 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Obamacare makes the case for limited government
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“Do not wreck that boy" is being engraved on the Blaska Coat of Arms.
NASCAR is penalizing local boy Matt Kenseth for wrecking rival racecar driver Joey Logano in retaliation for an earlier wreck at another race.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has Matt Kenseth’s back. “I ain’t going to argue with what Matt did. … Don’t wreck Matt Kenseth, I’ll tell you that right now. Do not wreck that boy…”
“Do not wreck that boy” — our quote of the week #1.
Here’s the answer I’d like to see a Republican make in the next Republican debate, to the question, “What do you plan to do about …?”: S/he would answer, “Not a damn thing.”
(Whereupon, one of the other aspirants would interject, “Don’t wreck that boy!”)
Of course, it depends on the issue. But Chris Christie scored points in last week’s presidential debate when he mocked the liberal panel’s question about online fantasy football sites, and why Jeb Bush lost what little ground remains for him when he wandered all over the place when asked whether the feds should step in.
Which brings us to our second quote of the week: Jonah Goldberg quotes a military marshal in Tolstoy’s War and Peace: “When in doubt, do nothing.”
That should be inscribed in every legislative chamber in the land. It’s very similar to Reagan’s mantra, “Don’t just do something! Stand there!” Aka: Limited government. Trust the people. Freedom is not subject to a majority vote.
Yes, “societies and organizations require some rules by which to play and punishments for cheaters.” Just look how 50 years of Great Society meddling by the social engineers has distorted the reward and punishment quotient in places like Ferguson, Baltimore, and the killing fields of Chicago.
Do nothing till you hear from me
Generally, however, “the best thing we can do to make the world a better place is … absolutely nothing,” says review in the Wall Street Journal of evolutionary biologist Matt Ridley’s book, The Evolution of Everything.
In most cases the best outcome will happen if government gets out of the way and lets people pursue their own needs, interests, and pleasures. That’s because most change in most areas of human endeavor comes from people just doing their thing, not by design.
“Far more than we like to admit, the world is to a remarkable extent a self-organizing, self-changing place,” Mr. Ridley writes. “Skeins of geese form V’s in the sky without meaning to, termites build cathedrals without architects …”
In other words, Adam Smith’s “invisible hand.” That is how the government-mandated 55 mph speed limit of the Jimmy Carter era got overturned. People — not being particularly suicidal — voted with their right foot.
Our liberal-progressive-socialists equate seriousness of purpose with government action. The more sweeping the legislation, the higher the price tag; the more pages of regulations, the better. Thirteen-point plans are better than Reagan’s, “My strategy is simple: we win, they lose.”
Mission creep. “The moment you establish a governing body of any sort, it has a propensity to grow into Brobdingnagian proportions. The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, for example, now exceeds 169,000 pages and is growing about 20% per decade, while government spending has risen from 7.5% of GDP in 1913 to 34% in 2015,” WSJ reviewer Michael Shermer writes.