A letter to the editor in this morning’s Washington Post reminds us that when government treats citizens as though they’re incapable of making basic decisions about their own lives, you get plenty of citizens who decide they can’t be expected to make basic decisions about their own lives:
In his March 12 letter, Edward Yingling of the American Bankers Association asserted that only a “small minority” of Americans are unable to manage their credit card debt. [....]
The federal government seems mostly to take the position of “let the buyer beware.” So although lawmakers are busy legislating trans fat and cigarette smoke, they are doing nothing to prevent credit card companies from ruining a “small minority” of lives.
People need government help to manage their health, but apparently should be able to manage their debt wisely all by themselves. Go figure.
A stellar combination of reductio creep and save me from myself syndrome.