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.
Politics is transactional in nature; some people receive this, others that. It involves compromises, bending, accommodation. To try any one discrete act of legislation, especially in isolation from the whole, on the grounds of discrete reason-giving is to misapprehend the nature of the legislative process, which is more Hayekian than Platonic. It is not directed by philosopher-kings. It is the product of a vast array of individual accommodations that accrete into a whole that—like the “market”—becomes falsely personified as though its behavior were susceptible of rational explanation.
That is a hot, ugly mess and no partisan of liberty should want it otherwise.
Unless you are the recipient of the downside of this accommodations and compromises. If the law gores your ox, puts you in jail, results in you being sued for millions or simply bankrupts you than you might want otherwise. Our congress and legislators have far exceeded their duty and have devolved into money grubbing thieves and oppressors. We would be better off to sunset all laws at five years and only allow them to meet every five years for a month. Elections should be held the day after the last bill is signed.
i sort of see the point but this feature of our polity can also do us in, case in point, health care. We could control costs with single payer or with government vouchers. With the mess that's in place instead we cannot and its going to destroy the prospects of the next generation.