We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“Far more is now known about regulation—not only about when it is justified, but also about what works and what does not. .??.??. In this time of fundamental transformation, that process—and the principles governing regulation in general?—should be revisited.”
Gee whiz, it sounds very "scientific." My response to the notion that my supposed betters need to regulate and nudge me and my life is not printable on a family website such as Maggie's. I do not care whether it "works" or not. Mussolini made the trains run on time, too.
I believe that our Maggie's team and our readers know far more about life than Barack Obama or Cass Sunstein will ever know.
Re regulating: I think the difference between conservatives and liberals on this is that conservatives just want government to keep people in order. That has long been done through law enforcement and our legal system.
Libs on the other hand, want the peasantry to be managed, like a flock of sheep. For their own good. And because the collective intelligence is about the same. And so they can feel justified in fleecing the flock as well.
One only has to watch the movie, I,Robot, to understand where either political extreme could end up. The movie's premise is that an all knowing computer can be protect mankind by subjugating man to its will and that it knows better than the individual what is best for man. This seems to be the direction our potilitical parties are headed. I don't either side imposing their will on me.
I'm with Buddy... we need to 'redistribute' the Busybody Brigade in Washington back to their constituents for attitude adjustment, and retraining. Maybe some of them can learn to be dog-catchers back home.
The goal of "progressives" and their variants, the nanny-fascists, has always seemed to be a tamed and compliant society. Whether it's a cavalier attitude at government offices that we must visit to comply with the law (yes, DMV comes to mind) or a take-your-health-care-finance-our-way program, the nanny-fascists are always out to herd us and break us for our own good.
I'm as opposed to some legislation pushed by conservatives (why did we ever outlaw prostitution or gay sex?) as I am much liberal legislation (gun control, minimum wage, "global warming" control).
Mind you, I favor sexual responsibility and environmental stewardship. I'm agin the nanny-fascists and their drives to compel and forbid.