Consumer Protection ActWritten by Tim Higgins | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Our government these days seems to be increasingly vigilant in attempting to protect us from every adverse consequence in life … excepting of course, the ones they themselves create. After all, lemon laws protect us from getting taken in the purchase of a defective car, but not from when it uses tax dollars to purchase a what has become an increasingly defective form of education for our children.
Municipal regulations require us to get a building inspection when investing in a house to insure that we understand all of the potential liabilities of such an investment, but fail to provide the same protection when seeking taxpayer investment for failed science museums, partnerships in building investments, or libraries that are becoming little more than blacksmith shops. They’re likewise absent when it comes to investing in a public transportation systems whose costs are only twenty percent covered by those who use them.
Cigarette manufacturers are forced to post depictions of the diseases implicit in their product’s use; and list the potential awful consequences of smoking on their product packaging; but taxpayer supported colleges are not even encouraged to depict the dire and even life-altering consequences of the poor choices they offer in the way of college majors in their literature.
Welfare, Food Stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security all act as national consumer protections against life’s vicissitudes; and as this protection racket continues, it likewise grows. With a world of individuals now expecting protection from every poor choice in any and every aspect of their lives, it’s little wonder that we’ve seen this process morph from ‘The Great Society’ to the ‘The Bailout Society’. Corporations after all are nothing but collections of people. If people can have an expectation of protection, why should collectives of them not seek similar protection in the form of regulatory assistance and bailout.
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” It’s a quote posited to the Roman poet Juvenal in the First Century, that translates into: “Who watches the watchmen?” and is as valid today as it was then. With this ever-increasing intrusion of the ‘Nanny State’ into our daily lives, it may in fact become the important question to answer. Who will protect us today, and in the days ahead, from all this government protection? Certainly not our national legislature, which these days is judged by the volume of the new legislation it produces, rather than its quality or the avoidance its unintended consequences. Not out Regulatory Department Heads and Czars, who like any petty government bureaucrat seek nothing beyond the increase of their own power and budget. Not even our presidents who, regardless of party, sign off on each bit of such legislation, each departmental budget increase, and each regulatory expansion (when they’re not creating them through Executive Order).
As for the distracted and disaffected citizenry, more concerned with the intrusion of judges on who stays on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and those hoping that one of the ‘Real Wives’ of New York, New Jersey, or Orange County is protected from the minor setbacks of their made-up lives; perhaps we can now expect little more. Hypnotized by their ‘Bread and Circuses’ and locked in a ‘Pro Wrestling Mentality’ where winners and losers are carefully scripted, their only apparent complaint is a jealousy that their lives are not likewise fated to come out a winner in the season finale. So crippled are they now from leaning on the government crutch that they may never again be able to stand alone. Even the tin-foil hat minority that rages against the growing national disability will not be enough to save these victims from the ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ coming from the malaise and eventual atrophy of the spirit that inevitably follows.
So for those of you voting in November to hand over more of your personal responsibility, along with some cash in taxes to a school system that’s failed both you and your children … stand up! For those of you hoping that there will be more money poured into a transportation system failing because its business plan succeeds only by getting fares from those who never use it … stand firm! For those attempting to protect a library system that apparently needs more in spite of the decline of the printed page, or a science museum whose only contribution to science has been to prove that no amount of money can shore up a weak foundation … throw down your crutches!
Remember before you pull the lever that someone tried to warn and not protect you. More importantly, remember in the end that your only real protection, from the government as well as by it, is to take back the choices you ceded to government and act in your own best interests.