03 June 2010

Give Obama a trophy for showing up.

Cafe Hayek | Don Boudreaux | Achievement!

Such praise for Mr. Obama’s “achievements” reveals just how low are the standards to which elected officials are held. Legislation is not an end in itself. It is, at best, a means to an end, such as an improved economy or a lower budget deficit. To count an enacted statute as an achievement is to uncritically presume both that the statute will achieve its supporters’ stated goals and that those goals are worthwhile.

If war were like politics, a general would be celebrated as being a successful warrior immediately upon his or her “achievement” of landing an impressively large number of regiments in a war zone, but without anyone bothering to await the outcome and the consequences of the battle.
Hear, hear!

No comments:

Post a Comment