There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
So, if you are smarter than the entirety of the US government, and believe you know how to improve life for your nation better than they do, you should run for office, and get taken down a notch.
Or, if you chose the other path, and intend to claim that everyone else isn't your problem, and all you want is to help yourself, you should leave the US and go to a Third World nation where the government won't bother you because they really ARE too incompetent to solve anything.
The choice is yours.
Part of the lesson of the last century is that while government workers and officials can know more about a particular subject than the regular American, they are frequently in error with being able to shift the American public in the course of the public interest without society's traditional means of dealing with distress, including the individual's ability to know what he or she needs and having the ability to attempt to do so. X-Factor's sentiment, though foolish if applied at all times (which I know he would not), is absolutely prescient to remind Government and current-day American liberals (though, I would apply this to socialists even further) of the hubris and chance of failure involved in "social engineering" (the negative connotation here induces me to place quotation marks in order to spare it from the possibility of being too prone to make social engineering mean 'government action which I do not like). The state has many brilliant people, but it can not replace the genius of individual choice.
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"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
They do not trust me, so why should I trust them?
The question is not whether I trust government in its entirety, but whom do I trust more, corporations to do what's in the peoples best interest or the government to oversee and regulate corporate enities to propect the people from unfair, finacially unreasonable, and unsafe business practices meant to increase corporate profit with little concern for their employees and customer. I vote for government intervention.