A Nation of Slack-Jawed Yokels?

by Don Boudreaux on November 3, 2010

in Hubris and humility, Politics, Seen and Unseen

Writing in today’s USA Today, Ross Baker blames yesterday’s trouncing of the Democrats to “an enduring Democratic blunder: talking over the heads of the American people.”

Ummm.  No.

The “enduring Democratic blunder” (often repeated by the GOP) is to enact indecipherably complex and intricate statutes aimed at achieving impossible outcomes.  It’s the ludicrous convolution of such legislation that is “over the heads of the American people.”  And it’s over their heads not because the American people are dumb but because no one – not even the geniuses on the Hill – can possibly absorb the full meaning of the words in the statutes, much less anticipate the millions of unforeseen consequences, large and tiny, that are unleashed by the social engineering for which too many politicians have a fetish.

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