Category Archive: Unintended Consequences

Jul 16

Attempt to overthrow Turkey’s government reportedly fails

“National security” is something of an oxymoron. The fabric of history shows that liberal societies in which common people have more freedom to innovate, invent, and create without oversight of the state tend to be the most secure societies. Paradoxically, societies that are ruled by a cult of government omnipotence tend to reel from crisis …

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Jun 15

Health Care Costs to Increase an AVERAGE of 11 Percent Next Year

Health care and higher education have much in common in modern America. Both are promoted as “rights” by government trusters. And government has promoted programs to “help” the poor obtain their products and services by subsidizing such goods with taxpayer inputs. Both industries have seen annual price increases higher than the rate of inflation for …

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May 07

Government slave plantation health care generating more ‘group doctor visits’

Every government program designed to help poor people get health care produces the opposite effect: Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare all subsidize artificial demand, causing prices to rise. If government withdrew its evil tentacles from health care, medical prices would quickly adjust downward and quality would quickly adjust upward. Markets always win. Now the New York …

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Apr 18

UC Berkeley Forced to Cut 500 Jobs After $15 Minimum Wage Hike

More than 100 peer-reviewed studies have found that increasing (or establishing) a minimum wage law causes higher unemployment. Unemployment, in turn, is correlated with a number of measures of social ills, including increased suicide rates, rates of first admission to mental health facilities and rates of alcoholism. Now, just weeks after the State of California …

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Apr 09

As Socialist Venezuela Collapses, its Government Demands Women Conserve Electricity by not Using Hairdryers

Socialism is a curse that should be wished on one’s enemies. All societies who embrace it will ultimately become sick and weak. Venezuela is an oil-rich country, but has been saddled with central planning and socialism for decades. Now the country is so short of electricity that its rulers are demanding that women stop using …

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Feb 14

Dodd-Frank Act has led to fewer banks offering free checking

Gail Marksjarvis of the Chicago Tribune reports that only 46 percent of banks are still offering free checking accounts to customers. “That’s a major change from 2009, when more than 78 percent of banks offered the freebie.” The reason: banks are facing higher costs due to the Dodd-Frank Act, passed in 2009. (Ironically, the Act …

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Jan 07

Unintended Consequences: Government passes Rule to punish airlines that keep passengers too long on tarmacs; produces a sharp increase in flight cancelations

In the summer of 2007, there were news reports that commercial jets were occasionally stuck for hours waiting to depart. Government responded heroically. The Obama Administration decreed that if passengers on a plane are stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours, the carrier is liable for a fine of $27,500 per passenger. Now, …

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Jan 05

In Effort to Strip Private Citizens of Guns, “Liberal” President Moves to Strip Mental Health System of Confidentiality

Every government ultimately comes for all freedom, all property, and to kill all who resist. For centuries, the law has recognized physician-patient confidentiality. Doctors who snitch on their clients or who disseminate private, confidential information regarding their patients have faced professional penalties. Now, in the never-ending quest of government to strip the private sector of …

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Dec 30

Post-recession banking regulations have made things worse

It is a myth that “deregulation” caused the housing bubble (and later, the crash) of 2008. And a bigger myth that post-recession laws have improved banking. As John C. Goodman writes, almost everything said by government and pro-government economists about the 2008 recession is a myth. See here. And the “cure” hatched by Congress in …

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Dec 21

America’s millions have produced blowback against gay rights in Africa

A lesson in unintended consequences. The New York Times has a detailed expose’ on the blowback caused by U.S. government efforts to promote tolerance for gay rights in Africa. See here (republished by MSN news). According to the report, U.S. taxpayers have been forced to spend $700 million dollars for a government program promoting gay …

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