May 15, 2006

Government by economics

Why is it that our government always focuses on the supply side of problems rather than the demand side? We see it in the drug war, where we try to interdict drugs at the borders. We see it on immigration, where some Republicans want to put fences up to keep people out. And we see it in our oil and gas problem, where we want to drill more.

None of that seems to work, so why not focus on demand? Try to reduce the appeal of drugs. Try to reduce the demand for cheap labor in the US while helping to improve the economies of the countries from which the immigrants come so they have no need to come here. And try to reduce the demand for gasoline by developing alternatives to the stuff.

Posted by Linkmeister at May 15, 2006 03:11 PM | TrackBack

Trying to talk people out of liking drugs is like trying to talk teenagers out of wanting ot have sex with each other. Good luck, but I'd rather not pay for it, if you don't mind.

Outside the nativist complaints about immigration, and the lawyer-ball ones, conservatives dig immigrants. Their solution is to change the laws, not depress the suply of, or demand for, cheap labor. Greed may not be good, but cheap labor is.

Posted by: Andrew Shimmin at May 15, 2006 05:02 PM

They need to do something different, that's for sure. Good thought.

Posted by: cassie-b at May 16, 2006 04:34 AM