From: Randy Smith (
Date: Wed Oct 17 2001 - 19:19:21 MDT

    From: Ralph Lewis <>
Subject: Big government for what
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 16:50:10 -0700

I have to admit there is a sick irony about the situation as it has

The United States was so concerned with it's war on drugs, so unconcerned
about immigration, writing so many laws limiting the right of the American
people (James Bovard, Lost Rights, I think he has a new book as well) and
both the government and industry ignored the advise of their own security
experts (their recommendations were too expensive) on terrorism it is a
supprise that there are only 6000 dead and not 60000 or 6 million.

I think there is a lot of truth to what you say. I have come to think that
in many ways the USA is run like a sheep ranch. The rancher is not all that
concerned with his sheep. He certainly will not grant them rights unless
forced. It seems to me that there was a lot more, for lack of a better
phrase, "power to the people" about 25-35 years ago. Maybe I am just
imagining it. There certainly seemed to be more laws enacted that empowered
people, or that were truly to the benefit of teh "masses." I dunno....

Returning to the analogy of the rancher, I cannot see that maximizing the
rancher's profit necessarily helps the sheep.

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