I am not going to argue that a four-year college education isn't expensive. It is. I won't argue that its return on investment makes it worthwhile, although it surely does. I also cannot argue that increasing the number of administrators doesn't increase the cost of a higher education. It does.
We have had too many close calls with the industrial tanks near our waterways in recent years, and we shouldn't need another wake-up call to enact protective reforms. As a start, we should adopt the 2011 Chemical Safety Board recommendations.
Shooting deaths are on the rise again, after a low point in 2000, and are projected to exceed automobile deaths by 2015. Why? Because our same government refuses to take any meaningful action toward any kind of gun controls that would easily fall within our constitutional framework.
The GOP's attack on regulation is part of a larger attempt to discredit the idea that government can play a positive role in people's lives. That attack is itself based on a fantasy -- that in the absence of government, human action would yield generally optimal outcomes for society as a whole.
It is about the underlying concepts of our political system. Do we want to stick to the concepts that made America strong and rich? Or do we want abandon them and experiment with new political concepts?