- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 28, 2012


The Republican and Democratic national conventions have got me thinking a lot about hot air and how voters will soon hear two opposing viewpoints on the proper direction to take this country.

It reminds me of a debate over the best direction of a ceiling fan’s rotation: Should air be forced upward toward the ceiling, or more directly down, upon the area below? Some insist on forcing air up, dispersing it across a broader area to redistribute it to more individuals — though in very small quantities. Others prefer the opposite direction — allowing those who have better positioned themselves to enjoy the strong air blowing in their direction.

Part of the discussion is whether it is better to spread the air around in the name of fairness while taking air away from those who are benefiting the most. Those choosing to foster envy and resentment would certainly make that case. Others would favor expanding the opportunity for more individuals to receive a strong airflow while retaining what is theirs. Sound familiar?

My guess is that if we left it up to the individuals involved, initiative and entrepreneurial spirit would result in the growth of more ceiling-fan installations, which would increase the opportunity for more individuals to receive a larger airflow — as there is a natural tendency for supply to meet demand. Conversely, if we were to involve the government to settle the issue, there would likely be a new regulation mandating that all fan blades be aligned perfectly horizontally to reduce or eliminate the airflow for everyone, again in the name of fairness.

This would be in line with government’s overall inefficiency and its tendency to subject everyone to a huge dose of hot air.


Crescent Springs, Ky.



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