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Jun 20, 2010


There are two big problems with depending on government flexibility.

The first is obvious: The government doesn't do ANYTHING unless there's a rule for how do to it. How can you write a rule that says "don't follow the rules"? It's like that old joke about blowing up a supercomputer by saying "this sentence is a lie".

The second is a bit less so: If you depend on government flexibility, then what you're really depending on is individual bureaucrats to be flexible--which means that they'll be flexible when they damn well feel like it. Maybe they don't like swarthy ethnic types, maybe they don't like men, maybe they're hung over and don't like anybody; whichever way it is, you ain't gettin' no "flexibility" today sir.

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