For John, BLUF: Government needs to be checked for fairness from time to time. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Columnist Megan McArdle, writing in The Daily Beast tells us about "How Good Principles Can Make Bad Rules". The subtitle is "How short-sighted FHA rules enforced housing segregation and inequality." This is a history lesson, going back to the 1930s. Here is the concluding paragraph:
The point is that racism is not just something that bad people do from bad motives. It's a systemic issue—and if you ignore the systemic effects of your actions, you may end up perpetuating some terrible injustice.This isn't just about red lining neighborhoods. It can be about transportation. Are we providing the transportation that allows low income people mobility? Put another way, are we holding low income people in Boston, when they wish to move out into the countryside, by not providing the ability to conduct a reasonable commute from outside I-495 to a job in Boston?
Government is a powerful instrument and it needs to be asking itself if it is creating an unfair playing field by one method or other.
Or, to quote Bill Taupier this morning quoting Thomas Aquinas, "Does it fit the common good?"
Regards — Cliff