Feeling good about ourselves

A column by Mike Myer, executive editor of The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register 

WHEELING, W.Va. — We Americans are $19 trillion-plus in debt. We have so many laws and regulations on the books no one can even keep track of them all.

But what have we accomplished? Less than we may think. These days, it’s more important to make ourselves feel good than to actually do something about a problem.

In many places, we boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour because that allows us to think we’re doing something good for poor people. What we’ve done is slash the number of jobs available to them.

We demand “assault rifle” bans to reduce the murder rate. Yet when we lifted the one we had from 1994-2004, the murder rate went down…

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