VIRGINIA POSTREL has returned from Minneapolis, where the Paul Wellstone plane crash has been the news. She has sound advice for any policy advocate. "In evaluating policy, if not character, consequences ought to matter at least as much as intentions." Amen. I am sick and tired of hearing people defend Social Security, the Motor Carrier Act, farm price supports, or no-fault divorce as something done "to solve a problem." By their fruits shall ye know them.