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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Rationally ignorant healthcare "reform"

The Senate Finance Committee has filed its current version of healthcare reform. . . .

It is 1,502 pages long and it is in legislative language. If passed, it will affect our lives in important ways. Let me suggest that you all read it carefully and then let your senators know what you think.

Of course you won’t do that and neither will I. We are rationally ignorant and we shall remain that way.

Will the senators, not on the committee, read it? I doubt it. They will be too busy giving their opinions on selected portions. However, special interests will know about the particular provisions that affect them. As to the senators on the committee, staffers will give summaries. How much they understand or care about provisions that affect the general interests in contrast to the interests that elect them is unknown.

The welfare state makes a mockery of the rule of law and of representative democracy.
--from "Planning And Democracy: Redux" by Mario Rizzo

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