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I never know when people in government are really that stupid when not seeing the side effects of their actions, or if they do, just don’t give a shit as long as it strengthens their hold on power. My guess is its some of both. Should we be surprised though when we keep electing lifelong politicians and lawyers, who have few skills outside of debating & manipulating people so “their side” wins? I’m not so cynical to think all people in government are bad. Plenty of them have the best of intentions, but there are always side effects and unintended consequences when government interferes. Anyone who travels regularly knows the headaches of flight delays & cancellations, so forcing the airlines to compensate us sounds like a great plan, but who’s going to pay for this? Us of course, as always, through higher ticket prices. And what is the cause of most cancellations & delays anyway? Well, government-imposed safety & security regulations; i.e., other policies that sounded good at the time. Speaking of unintended consquences, if you penalize airlines for delays & cancellations, doesn’t that provide them incentive to take shortcuts & fewer precautions, possibly leading to more crashes? Flying has become a miserable experience because government officials passed a bunch of insanely stupid rules at the height of 9/11 that we’ve been living with ever since. One psychopath tries to set off explosives from his shoe many years ago, and despite NOT being successful, billions of passengers since have had the added inconvience and time-waster of removing their shoes in security lines. Air travel nowadays has become a perfect metaphor for everything in government today — break it, then apply patch upon patch upon bandaid, rebreak, apply some more repairs and on and on….then, another demagogue politician attacks the implementers of government clusterfucks, then proposes another kindergarten solution that polls well.
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