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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Saturday, July 21, 2012 :::

Say five friends go to an ice cream parlor, and three of them want vanilla ice cream and two want chocolate.  A certain amount of government policy put forth by Democrats seems to run along the lines that these people should all get vanilla ice cream because that's what the majority wants.* My demographic view of the two major parties, though, is that the Republicans are more homogeneous, and that the Democrats are a conglomeration of disparate interests — the sort of assemblage that should be particularly sensitive to the idea that forcing everyone to make the same decision causes unnecessary misery. Is my demographic model wrong (or missing an important subtlety), or is there some explanation as to why the major party with more heterogeneous preferences would be the one that is more prone to require homogeneous choices at a national scale?

* Requiring people to have health insurance that covers emergency room treatment seems a lot more reasonable to me than also requiring that such insurance cover in vitro fertilization, birth control, etc.

::: posted by dWj at 10:43 AM

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