Quote of the Day

So, the day was Friday.  I’m catching up on my RSS reading and came upon this by Kevin Drum:

It’s a pretty good bet that any law named after a child is a lousy one.

He’s referencing “Sarah’s Law” here but he’s right: laws passed in the emotional wake of one very specific crime are bound to be problematic. That’s doubly true if it’s done “for the children.”

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Comments

  1. Floyd says:

    An absolute revelationary epiphany,though obvious!

  2. Bithead says:

    I wonder, however how many other things that can be applied to. As an example, let’s consider the anti- oil-drilling laws that popped up after a spill in California, to name but one.

    At some point, regardless of the original topic, the logic of unintended consequences leads us to the conclusion that governmental response invariably makes our original problem worse.

  3. Rick DeMent says:

    At some point, regardless of the original topic, the logic of unintended consequences leads us to the conclusion that governmental response invariably makes our original problem worse.

    Even more so when the governmental response is enacted at the behest of corporate lobbyists …

  4. There is an old legal aphorism that hard cases make bad law.

  5. Jamie says:

    I am all for Megan’s Law and Amber Alerts.