A fine column by George Will detailing how our government (and we, the people) slip more and more into the ludicrous. Do read the whole thing!
From 1950 to 2000, economic growth averaged 3.6 percent; since then, it has averaged less than 2 percent. Liberals think today’s correlation between the slow economic growth and rapid governmental growth — including under George W. Bush — is a coincidence. Conservatives do not.
People who choose to live in places vulnerable to flooding believe it would be unfair that the cost of their property insurance fully reflect this risk. So government subsidizes their insurance, and hence their decision to live where there is increased risk of property damage that, when it happens, the government helps pay to rebuild.
Today’s government, whose railroad, Amtrak, lost $834 million over the past 10 years just on its food service, has neither wit nor will to stop subsidizing electric motorcycles or to reform flood insurance. Hence Republicans should rally ’round one of several well-refined constitutional amendments requiring balanced budgets. Such an amendment would be popular everywhere, but
especially in six states important in 22 months.