Be Careful What You Wish For

Or the law of unintended consequences.

I see a lot of posts on social media, both liberal and conservative, I suppose because I’m something of a centrist and have lots of friends to the right and left of me,  ideologically speaking.  I’m also not one for too much interference from governmental agencies.  There is a certain amount of interference necessary for the good order of society but history shows us the government, even with the best of intentions, never gives away power over us once it has been granted.

With that said, the occasional outcry for drug testing for government assistance recipients is one of those things that make me want to throw the ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ flag.  I’m no fan of drug users getting government assistance but at the same time, when we give the government more power to keep an eye on us, the hand of government creeps ever further and further into the fabric of our lives.  Who is to say that homeowners receiving a mortgage interested deduction on their taxes won’t be next to be drug tested? Or farmers/ranchers who receive government subsidies?  Or CEOs/small business owners who get tax increment financing?

Farfetched?  Yes, a little bit for illustration purposes.  Even so, ask yourself what happened with the so-called ‘Patriot Act’ that came into play after the terror attacks on the Twin Towers on 9/11?  Did the government use that horrendous piece of legislation to protect us or intrude on us?  I supposed the former is true but thanks to Snowden we know the latter is absolutely true. The government is keeping an eye on us without our knowledge and we gave them permission to do so.

The whole business is a farce anyways because you can’t use ‘patriot’ and ‘government surveillance’ in the same sentence.  They contradict each other because the government is not your friend, even when they say they are trying to protect you.

Anyways, things aren’t always what they seem and it may seem logical for the government to do one thing or another.  All I can say is think deeper about the consequences and

Be Careful What You Wish For


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