Ronald Reagan once said the trouble with his liberal friends wasn’t that they were ignorant, it’s just that they knew so much for certain that wasn’t so.  That seems to be a theme in the news this week.  First, British environmentalist Mark Lynas publicly apologized for spearheading the movement against genetically-modified foods.  He admitted that he was railing against science he didn’t understand, and in the process, denying healthy food to starving people. 

 Next, the environmental magazine E reported that the Cash for Clunkers program that was supposed to help the environment actually made matters worse.  Most people traded in perfectly good cars that are now filling up landfills and junkyards because the government barred recycling them.  Meanwhile, they didn’t factor in all the energy, resources and pollution involved in building the new cars that replaced them.  What it mostly created was more debt, more pollution and higher used car prices.  

And third, a Connecticut legislator is pushing to make the whole state do what a New York newspaper did: release the names and addresses of every legal gun owner.  All it did for the newspaper was spark so much anger, they had to hire armed guards to keep them safe.  What does advertising the address of every gun owner do in reality?  Fox News asked the experts: reformed criminals, including Frank Abagnale, the subject of the movie, “Catch Me If You Can.”  They called the idea, and I quote, “reprehensible,” “asinine,” “insanity,” and like “gold” for burglars.  They said just imagine giving crooks a list of which homes are defenseless.  Or, for the really daring burglars, a list of where all the guns are, so they can try to steal them and sell them to gangbangers.       

All of these are examples of rushing into an issue without taking the time to consider the easily-predictable downsides.  Frankly, it’s not even political.  You didn’t have to view these ideas from the right or the left to see the problems.  All it would’ve taken is to look at the proposals straight on.  And then, apply a little common sense. 

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  • Marcia Bergeron

    02/10/2013 11:00 PM

    Cash for clunkers was really to speed up govt survellience. All new cars come equipped with black boxes to enable the govt to spy on us under the guise of safety feedback. Not only can they tell where you went, but who went with you! And, we have to pay for it!

  • Los Angeles, Mike

    01/25/2013 07:15 AM

    Re: Endorse

    I endorse both Ken and Bruce. Go for it Mike. Ken, perhaps you can also get Bruce to endorse after reading your book.

  • Ken English

    01/21/2013 08:21 AM

    Dear Mike, I have written a book called More Common Sense. I have been trying desperately to contact you. I want to give you a manuscript in person and briefly discuss the book. I am hoping that you will find it worthy of your endorsement. My publisher is holding up printing until I hear from you. Please contact me. 334-447-1046. (I met you in Dothan, Alabama during your presidential campaign..I was the guy who showed my FBI card in order to get by your security guard. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best Regards, Ken English

  • Bruce Laning

    01/20/2013 11:13 PM

    I have been a lawyer for over thirty years. Over these years and countless jury trials, prosecuting and defending, I have developed a keen ear for sophistry and just plain misinformation. I have yet to hear any liberal deliver a concise, cogent argument supporting any of their positions. Ever. You are a beacon for the reasonable. Keep the light shining.

  • Los Angeles, Mike

    01/12/2013 03:37 PM

    Re: New Year's Resolution

    Elizabeth Odom 01/10/2013 02:09 PM and 10:31 AM

    EO and MT: Timely comments from both. I see what you mean EO and MT. I think the common sense approach at that time would have been to pull back a little and wait to then better be able to make a post like the above be a new year's resolution. Still can be done on his show. Mike was indeed sad, but went for the "truism" over the "common sense" at a time of fatigue.

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