Beware politicians with universal truths

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 5, 2013 

In a recent letter to the editor, state Sen. Tom Davis states: "But when government decides, as it always does, to do more, it is a mistake to assume public and private spending are the same."

And: "Private individuals, guided by the free market to produce what consumers need, always spend money more productively than politicians and bureaucrats." (My italics added.)

I would suggest that Sen. Davis be careful when proclaiming his perceptions as universal truths.

My research as an economist and life experience have taught me that "always" and "never" statements have tended to make me look foolish.

Davis Folsom

Beaufort

The Island Packet is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service