Category Archive: Unintended Consequences

Jan 01

Bozeman, Montana government hires “affordable housing director”–thereby ensuring that housing will be increasingly unaffordable

Municipal planning is for the rich. It circumvents natural markets in which poor people pool resources, innovate and commute. “Planning” almost always means that housing becomes LESS affordable for poor people. Where “planning” has been most heavy-handed, poor people live in cars or travel hundreds of miles to mow the lawns or shovel the sidewalks …

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Nov 01

As government grows, its subjects are stricken with anxiety, fear and depression

As societies become saddled with more government, their subjects become depressed, fearful, anxious and pessimistic about their lives. Every government that ever existed sought the same powers: total control over all human affairs, the total elimination of privacy (except for the masters in government), all money, property and wealth, and to kill all who resist. …

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Aug 19

New report confirms that electric cars have larger “carbon footprint” than gas or diesel cars

U.S. taxpayers have been forced to subsidize government “alternative energy” schemes on a truly massive scale. Tesla and its overpaid CEO Elon Musk have milked taxpayers already for almost a billion dollars. Tesla manufactures expensive electric cars–sold primarily to the super rich–with the massive support of U.S. tax dollars. One could say the program is …

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Aug 19

Americans have virtually abandoned short air travel due to government hassles

The daily stink and stain of life under near-total government has made America LESS mobile. Here is an astounding report indicating that since 2000, “short haul [air] traffic” has “Decline[d] in the US” by $34 billion. Government “security” policies imposed since 9/11/2001 have made Americans increasingly use alternative surface transportation. (The regulations almost certainly do …

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Aug 03

Government policies create shortage of primary care doctors

A free market in health care would immediately produce high quality medical goods and services at prices so low that even the poorest Americans could afford them without insurance. But our masters in government have long imposed a slave-plantation level of control and regulation on the industry. Becoming a doctor requires as much as $400,000 …

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Jul 31

Obamacare has caused millions to lose health care. Many have died.

“Obama and those in his administration knew that more than 40%-67% of those people in the individual market would likely lose their plans” at the time they were pushing Obamacare. The Act has already added hundreds of billions of dollars to America’s national debt. “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that between 2012 and 2022, …

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Jul 31

The FDA has killed millions, saved only a few thousand

Government programs and agencies always achieve the very opposite of their stated purposes. Antipoverty programs impoverish. “National security” efforts make societies less secure. Health and safety regulations make people less healthy and safe. Here is a website dedicated to tallying the numbers of Americans who have died because of FDA-approved drugs, vaccines and medical devices. …

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Jul 07

British “health” officials knowingly poisoned thousands with HIV-tainted blood

The British government imposes “single payer” slave-plantation “health care” (as many Americans claim to want). Brits are not allowed to purchase health care supplies on the open market. For years, British “health” officials knowingly supplied HIV-tainted blood products to victims . . .er, “patients,” of the National Health Service. See here. New documents revealed officials …

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Jul 05

Seattle’s experiment with the $15 minimum wage results in greater poverty, unemployment

Three years ago, the city of Seattle voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour. As usual, government-trusters promised that the minimum-wage increase would lift the poor out of poverty. But a new study by the University of Washington’s School of Public Policy and Governance finds the opposite. The study concludes that there …

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Apr 09

The market always wins: Americans intuitively exercise ‘school choice’ without realizing it

The market always wins. Every economic regulation creates a black market, and prices and distribution balance out in unpredictable ways. The brilliant economist John Goodman explains in a new column that Americans actually have ‘school choice’ but don’t realize it. For example, many parents deliberately locate or relocate into school districts with better schools. They …

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