Mike Huckabee News
Jan 07 2013
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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