Sunday, January 13, 2013

Should we build a Death Star?

This article is a good example of why the whole "governing by petition" thing that's recently become popular is a bad idea.  Somebody has to read, evaluate, and respond to any petition that gets more than 25,000 signatures -- not a very high threshold.  It seems funny at first, and in some ways it is, but responding to this kind of thing really does require government resources that could be spent on worthwhile things.

A generation ago, if you wanted the government to do something, you called your representatives in Congress.  Or you wrote to them.  Maybe we should start doing that again.

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