Problem, Reaction, Solution

Here’s how our federal government likes to make important decisions.

Suppose that a man is told that he needs more vitamin D in his diet so he goes to a local health food store and buys a big bottle.  Not knowing how much to take, he figures the more the merrier and swallows ten pills in the parking lot of the health food store before driving back home.

On his way home he experiences a blinding headache and nausea.  These symptoms prevent him from properly operating his vehicle but he presses on.  Right about the time when he drives up on a crowded bus stop, the man looses consciousness and runs over dozens of people.  The driver and ten people at the bus stop are killed.  Several more are injured.

The public is outraged.  They really get upset when the media reports that the man had high doses of vitamin D in his system and that he bought that vitamin D from an unregulated health food store without a prescription.  Petitions are signed. There’s even a very moving commercial where one of the guys that used to be on  Friends and that girl from How I Met Your Mother tell us to stop the insanity of vitamin D.  Demand change!  Do it for the common good.

The government obliges.  Before long, laws are passed regulating the sell of vitamin D and a whole bunch of other vitamins and supplements that the government has decided we can’t handle.

Hooray for the common good!

A year or so later, you find out that a little fish oil and vitamin D could help to prevent heart disease so you decide to give it a try.  The only problem is that all of the health food stores have been forced out of business and you can’t get any vitamin D or fish oil without an expensive doctor’s visit and a prescription.  This, you figure, probably explains why some of your friends have died from kidney failure and most of the rest have some combination of rickets, osteoporosis and high blood pressure.

So much for the common good.

This scenario is an example of what is known as problem, reaction, solution.  History has shown us that when we continually depend on more government to solve our problems, we are left with solutions that are worse than the initial problem.

So the next time you hear a politician, especially one who is totally cool with partial birth abortion and bombing villages full of small children, promise to do something about a particular problem, take some time to think about what kind of solution he has in mind.

It might involve bombing your village, figuratively speaking of course.

Sometimes, the common good isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.