Saturday, March 08, 2008

"A buffet of the spirit"

Here's more on religion, American-style, from the New York Times.

And, speaking of George McGovern, can we get one of him to run again? He's now publishing in ... oy! the Wall Street Journal :)

Nearly 16 years ago in these very pages, I wrote that "'one-size-fits all' rules for business ignore the reality of the market place." Today I'm watching some broad rules evolve on individual decisions that are even worse.

Under the guise of protecting us from ourselves, the right and the left are becoming ever more aggressive in regulating behavior. Much paternalist scrutiny has recently centered on personal economics, including calls to regulate subprime mortgages ....

Since leaving office I've written about public policy from a new perspective: outside looking in. I've come to realize that protecting freedom of choice in our everyday lives is essential to maintaining a healthy civil society.

Why do we think we are helping adult consumers by taking away their options? We don't take away cars because we don't like some people speeding. We allow state lotteries despite knowing some people are betting their grocery money. Everyone is exposed to economic risks of some kind. But we don't operate mindlessly in trying to smooth out every theoretical wrinkle in life.

This is miles and miles from our current crop of Democratic candidates. Notice the perspective gained "since leaving office."

(Hat tip to Instapundit.)

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