I’ll have a cost-benefit analysis, less the costs and heavy on the benefits, please

Daniel Henninger, in his Wall Street Journal opinion article, Obama’s Colossal Politics, correctly and succinctly identifies two causes of runaway government.

First, there’s the bad cost-benefit analysis, that overplays the benefits and doesn’t consider the costs:

 “If there’s just one life that can be saved,” Mr. Obama said Monday in Minnesota, using standard Washington risk-benefit analysis, “then we have an obligation to try it.”

Then there’s this:

When serious scientists try to solve a problem, they ask, What works? When Washington takes on a problem, it says, Why not?

Why not? We must look like we’re trying.

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