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Reality Is Not Optional

Posted By Don Boudreaux On October 30, 2009 @ 7:49 pm In Business as usual,Frenetic Fiddling,Health,Hubris and humility,Man of System,Myths and Fallacies,Reality Is Not Optional,Regulation | Comments Disabled

Here’s a letter that I sent earlier this afternoon to the Denver Post:

David Harsanyi properly ridicules Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s “fantastical proposition that 450,000 words of new regulations, rules, mandates, penalties, price controls, taxes and bureaucracy will have the transformative power to [as Ms. Pelosi asserts] ‘provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending . . . .’” (“Masterfleece Theater [1],” Oct. 30).

Ms. Pelosi and her colleagues believe that they can alter reality to suit their fancies.  They should start wearing T-shirts like the one my son wore today to his school’s Halloween party.  The front of that T-shirt – inspired by the television show “Mythbusters [2]” – reads “I reject your reality and substitute my own.”

My 12-year-old son understands that his T-shirt lampoons persons who believe in ghosts, cancer-curing crystals, and other absurdities.  But Ms. Pelosi and Co. can take the slogan seriously, for among these other absurdities is the superstition that the cost of medical care can be lowered, and its quality raised, by 535 politicians centralizing its provision through ink-wasting incantations performed beneath a marble dome.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux

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