more ranting

Public education, like social security/medicare is an outstanding
example of the government's tendency to take a relatively discrete
problem affecting a limited population and turn it into a huge problem
affecting tens of millions. In public education, the problem was that
some poor kids couldn't afford to go to school. In social security,
the problem was that some elderly were living in poverty. Rather than
craft a narrowly tailored approach to resolving the issue at hand -- or
better yet, getting out of the way entirely -- the government created
an enormous bureaucracy and tens of thousands of pages of laws and
regulations, costing billions or trillions, to provide a universal
solution that the vast majority of the intended beneficiaries did not

I need to stop thinking about these matters. I get too upset.