2014-02-20 / Commentary

Don’t just do something, stand there


Andrew Ian Dodge Andrew Ian Dodge Big-government skeptics are in a bit of tizzy of late because of a couple of polls claiming that Americans are becoming more cynical about central government.

Now as a cynical less-government is-better type, I should be really pleased by this development. And, in part, I am.

However I do spare a thought for those at the sharp end of government programs gone bad. “I told you so” neither makes them feel any better nor affects those people who continue to pump out daft ideas and regulations from D.C. and state capitols.

The obtuse, out-of-touch politicians helped by their advisers and consultants continue to sit in D.C. pumping out daft ideas that do not work in reality. They expect the poor bureaucrats and government employees to clean up their unrealistic ideas and make them work someone. Of late, we hear tales of those in charge reduced to tears in frustration.

Of course, there are two types of politicians that cause this mess.

First, there are those who wish to “do something” aimed at their next elections.

These sorts of politicians have been plaguing civilization from the beginning of civilization. I am sure they will persist in existence until the sun consumes the planet in a final gasp.

The other sort of politician that causes the problems are those who “mean well.”

In their heart of hearts, they want to help people and let that drive cloud their judgment about practicalities.

Now, you would hope that they would have advisers to calm down their idiotically driven ideas before they hit real life and implode. But that does not seem to happen as it should.

On the other hand, in the age of the Internet, people are more curious about what is happening to them and their local communities. They realize others are in the same predicament.

Others not affected realize that politicians promises fizzle when they actual come in touch with reality. People are beginning to understand that the promises have little to do with what will happen on the ground.

There are times when — even in small place like Augusta — it seems that many who get there completely lose touch with reality of modern technical America.

They seem to forget we can “fact-check their arse” and figure how they voted on what — or not.

We can find traces of who influenced their vote and why they voted one way or other.

To crusty old cynics like me, this what we have been saying all along.

But I continue to remind myself that real Americans suffer from the incompetence and unrealistic vision of pointedhead politicians and their cronies.

ANDREW IAN DODGE is a libertarian former U.S. Senate candidate and writer who lives in Harpswell.

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