Let me say publicly that DonBoy’s answer exudes a combination of intuitive genius and confidence that make me think DonBoy is going to do big things in his life. -- Steven D. Levitt (Freakonomics blog)
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
The Ten Commandments, we're hearing a lot, are the very foundation of the American legal code (and, sometimes, of the American legal dress code as well); and although it's easy to mock, one of them seems surprisingly relevant to today's politics:
Honor thy father and thy mother.
If ever a Commandment matched up with a massive Federal program, this one would be it. What, after all, is Social Security but a recognition that the aged deserve a measure of respect, and of support from the younger generation that the elders raised?
And yet, our Commandment Commandos are poised to turn "Pay It Forward", our current system, into "I'm All Right Jack", in which each earner goes it alone for a lifetime. Seems a little inconsistent, no?