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The Federal Government Hurts the Environment and the Economy

Posted by Poorsummary on March 9, 2008

broke-sam.gif Surprising to hear a voice in Boston about how government meddling makes our lives worse, but props to Jeff Jacoby for this scathing article on how Big Brother screws things up. (Read Jacoby’s full article here.) First, consider ethanol subsidization:

The problem, laid out in two new studies in the journal Science, is that it takes a lot of land to grow biofuel feedstocks such as corn, and as forests or grasslands are cleared for crops, large amounts of CO2 are released. Diverting land in this fashion also eliminates “carbon sinks,” which absorb atmospheric CO2. Bottom line: The government’s ethanol mandate will generate a “carbon debt” that will take decades, maybe centuries, to pay off…

Now, consider the government’s role in bringing about the financial crisis of the era: the Subprime Mortgage problem:

The crisis has its roots in the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, a Carter-era law that purported to prevent “redlining” – denying mortgages to black borrowers – by pressuring banks to make home loans in “low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.”…But to earn high ratings, banks were forced to make increasingly risky loans to borrowers who wouldn’t qualify for a mortgage under normal standards of creditworthiness…The financial fallout has hurt investors around the world. And all of it thanks to the government, which was sure it understood the credit industry better than the free market did, and confidently created the conditions that made disaster unavoidable.

And now Clinton wants to get the government involved in improving baseball. Yet another one of Hillary’s pipe dreams the country can certainly do without.

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