Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 11, 2015

Picoblog Question – 2015 – Post #39

Picoblog Question – 2015 – Post #39

In the next year, an army of political candidates will offer a galaxy of programs, so-called goodies. How do we avoid the inevitable unintended consequences?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The trick is to examine both sides. When the candidate praises the benefits of his program, the voter needs ask, “Who will be harmed by this program?” Many times the answer will be hardworking taxpayers. But often the answer will also be the very individuals the program was intended to help.



  1. I’ve come to the conclusion that “issues” are “issues” because there is usually some pain somewhere. Otherwise they wouldn’t be “issues!” So the answer to me comes down to where is there the least harm and greatest good for human beings? This often involves wading through tons of misinformation, rabid fear-mongering, and false choices. It’s not easy.

    • You’re right about all of the misinformation and fear-mongering, D. Wallace. But it is important for us to examine not only the benefits of each regulation and tax but also the harm it does, especially when small businesses (about 70% of the job market) are involved. Cheers, Ashley

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