A WaPo article on who had a bad year in Washington DC displays the liberal press frame that producing more laws is inherently good. Really? Why?
Add it all up, and you get the least-productive Congress in history (only 55 bills have been passed by both chambers and signed into law this year); the least-popular Congress in history (Nickelback, used-car salesmen and political reporters are all liked more ); and a president most Americans no longer like or, perhaps more important, trust.
Least productive? In any year Congress routinely produces massive pieces of legislation that member reads in entirety. It tacks on large numbers of special clauses unrelated to the main purpose of the legislation. That Congress produced fewer abominations this year is hardly a sign that it is doing a worse job.
Our bigger problem: The permanent government. While parts of it are doing innocuous and helpful things like, say, agricultural research and reduction in air pollution other parts of it (as its members were trained into false assumptions about human nature by higher education nut cases) are busy persecuting businesses for accurately evaluating employee performance or persecuting schools that try to reduce damage to learning environments caused by unruly and violent students.
Parts of the permanent government are necessary (like, say, the parts that hunt down rapist, murderers, kidnappers, con artists, and wannabe terrorists). Other parts, not so much. My worry is that the dysfunctional and damaging parts are going to grow and the useful parts stagnate or shrink.
The recent decision by the US FDA to take away our right to pay $99 to get access to analysis of one's individual genome illustrates how the permanent state will take away our right to know things. We are forced to pay more to get less knowledgeable advice from a physician. Meaning no disrespect to medical doctors. One human mind can't hold all the latest research on the health implications for thousands of genetic variants. Yet the FDA wants to pretend that we are better off going to see a doctor first rather than just getting the information better organized in web forms.
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