21.8.14

WELL, GOVERNMENT CAN'T TIME TRAFFIC LIGHTS OR SCHEDULE ROAD WORK.

To borrow a Glenn Reynolds wisecrack, "Government is that name for things we do together."  Such as starting repairs on Fourth Street from Taylor to the south city limits just as students return from all over to Northern Illinois University, and Hinckley Middle School opens.

George Will sees something encouraging at work.  "Americans, inundated with evidence that government is becoming dumber and more presumptuous, think it cannot be trusted to decipher foreign problems and apply force intelligently."  And "Americans understand that their increasingly ludicrous government lacks adult supervision."  Yes, but what would happen to the Pundit Industry if the Chicago or Williston bureau had more action than Official Washington and all the sets with images of the Capitol dome?  Reason's Nick Gillespie expands on a consummation devoutly to be wished.
It's well past time that we start insisting on a limited, trustworthy government that is actually competent and restrained at the few things that it should be doing. That will not only reduce the desire for more government, it will free up even more time and resources for the free-range experiments in living that will actually make the world better, more interesting, and more prosperous.
Yes, although the transition might involve greater polarization or unintended consequences. More next week.

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