Friday, October 5, 2007

Politics Should Be Boring

Who better than David Brooks to write a boring old essay on dispositional conservatism? It ain't sexy but this may come closer to describing my philosophy of government than anything else.

Here's the core of it: Social engineering is hard. When you enact new policy, things go wrong. Sometimes things go catastrophically wrong. So government needs to be pragmatic. Rely on successful municipal and state programs before attempting to scale up to the federal level. Go slow. There are few problems so severe that they can't benefit from delay and further study.

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