Wait, you mean the Job Killing Healthcare Bill? (via Health Care called the new “gold rush”)
Remember the Bobs from Office Space? Downsizing creates jobs for innovators like the Bobs. But that doesn’t mean that the whole point of it isn’t to kill jobs.
I responded to Alex’s post comments about firework’s bans earlier, and he has responded to my ask:
Until a fire that damages other people’s properties is started, there is no crime committed. The government shouldn’t be able to say, “we’re going to stop you from doing something because you might hurt others.”
People’s homes have already burned and millions in property has been damaged across the state (Source). The drought conditions in the state are beyond severe (Source). Prior to the period in which firework sales are allowed, there have been multiple fires across this state, some of them caused by something as small as a cigarette butt. Given the conditions and the previous fires, local governments have instituted burn bans, which cover everything from burning garbage to fireworks (key word: fire, which does not go well with droughts). This isn’t a question of might (and if one searches Texas newspapers, you can find many stories where fireworks have lead to fires, when conditions were less severe), but when. The damage is very real. It’s not a ridiculous hypothetical like your slippery slope argument.
I’ve got to go with Zach on this one. As much as I’m creeped out by government paternalism, half the point of the government is to stop activity that is going to hurt people. For example, I am not permitted to build car bombs and park them in crowded places, even if I’m willing to sign something swearing that my intentions are benevolent. We take preemptive action to prevent harmful activity all the time. I’m also not allowed to set up an archery range in front of a playground, even if I’m insistent I can hit the straw bale instead of the children pretty much all the time.
One of the core rules of conservativism, as I see it, is “Stupid things done with great intentions are still stupid.” I suppose I could add that my brand of conservativism differs from the libertarians in that I also believe that stupid things done for principled reasons are still stupid. Refusing to support a temporary burn ban when a significant portion of the country is literally on fire constitutes a stupid thing.