Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A thousand pages!

This is a letter I sent to the NY Times some time ago -- they chose not to publish it.

 Let us stop dignifying foolishness. Here's a metaphor.
The Democrats present a plan for building a large airliner. It contains detailed specifications for the engines and fuel system, for seating, landing gear and cockpit. It spells out carefully safety systems and emergency procedures. Printed, it occupies several thousand pages, bound into a large tome.
At a hearing, the Republicans display this volume with contempt and contrast it with their own plan: a modest single page in which they specify that (1) The plane will carry lots of people, (2) It won't cost much to make, and (3) Its performance will be determined by the market place rather than Big Government safety regulations and other interference.

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