Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Unintended Consequences

It looks like the Law of Unintended Consequences is in full affect with Colorado's latest Constitutional Amendment. Amendment 41 was approved by voters last fall and severely limits contributions to government employees. The intent of the bill was to keep lobbyists from "buying" politicians.

The Amendment does that, but it also does much more. 41 encompasses ALL state employees, and bars them from receiving gifts from basically everyone. From an Op/Ed piece in the local Gazette If the Rotary Club (or the Boettcher Foundation, for that matter) sponsors a scholarship for high school students, children of police officers need not apply. If a city block is wiped out by a tornado or a fire, the families of city workers can’t receive assistance from groups such as the Red Cross. This was, no doubt, not the intention of the group championing this Amendment.

So LUC is in affect. Is there any good that is coming from it? YES! There are currently 40 million government jobs in this country. Nearly one for every two real jobs in America today. This, on top of deficits and debts and taxation and social security, is a huge drain upon the economy. Anything and everything that reduces this drain is a good thing. If this gives state employees reason to get out of the gov, then it will have done good, even if unintentional.