As I write this we are just a few days off from congress passing a bill to avert the “fiscal cliff” that they didn't read. You can't blame them for not reading it (they got the 154-page bill three minutes before the vote), but you can certainly blame them for voting in favor of it without knowing the contents.
Add on folks like Al Gore who fly around the world in a private jet and between his multiple mansions…to warn us all that driving our compact cars to work is creating a deadly carbon footprint.
Throw on Michelle Obama, who pushes for regulation and legislation of restaurants for the general public while dictating horrendous heart-clogging meals to the White House chef.
Last year foolishness personified, Nancy Pelosi, gave this infamous statement about the passage of the 1,025 page Obamacare fiasco — also that no one read:
Yet people continue to elect this woman and the boatload of other fools making such blatantly idiotic decisions.
No, it's not just liberals who lack common sense. There are plenty of conservatives, too. They just aren't quite as easy pickings. Case in point, Vice President Joe Biden:
Yea, that's pretty much what I would do if I was about to go bankrupt. I'd go buy a yacht and a couple of strings of diamonds. And a dark chocolate mine.
The more laws we get — written by witless folks like those above — the more we lose the ability to think. Rather than thinking and responding in ways that will best serve the future, we focus on some very narrow morality defined by the letter of the law and what's best, for me, right this minute. In today's goal lesson, Gary Ryan Blair said it beautifully:
In trying to create a law for every situation, we have lost the perspective of principles common to a community of people.
Society's over-reliance on statutes and regulations as a means to creating a better society, has in fact created its opposite: a system of regulation that precludes good judgment and good sound common sense.
Here's some common sense for Washington and the rest of us:
- Read contracts and bills before you sign them.
- Don't spend more than you earn.
- Reducing increased spending isn't the same as cutting spending.
- Don't blame other people for your mistakes.
- Don't make someone else pay for your mistakes.
- If you want to be charitable, use your own money.
- If you want to be risky, use your own money.
- If you want to experiment, use your own money.
- If a program is great, you should be on it, too.
Use common sense in making decisions, dealing with people, running your business. Use common sense when you vote.
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