When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law.
But there was none to be had. Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist.
Fear not, gentle reader: Washington has an answer for requiring fuel companies to use a biofuel that doesn’t exist. And that answer is — wait for it — to require them to use even more of the still-non-existent biofuel in 2012. (Range Fuels, fwiw, makes a cameo appearance in the penultimate paragraph of the Times’ piece.)
Our second example comes from the locale of the logical conclusion of social-welfarism, Greece. As the Associated Press reports:
Greek disability groups expressed anger Monday at a government decision to expand a list of state-recognized disability categories to include pedophiles, exhibitionists and kleptomaniacs.
The National Confederation of Disabled People called the action “incomprehensible,” and said pedophiles are now awarded a higher government disability pay than some people who have received organ transplants.
The Labor Ministry said categories added to the expanded list — that also includes pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and sadomasochists — were included for purposes of medical assessment and used as a gauge for allocating financial assistance.
And the Greeks wonder why the bond vigilantes have it in for them?
Set aside for a moment the utter insanity of the specific examples in Greece and the likelihood that they could happen in America anytime soon; after all, it’s not fair to compare professionals with amateurs. The logic of big government is to seek ever more beneficiaries/dependents of its power. Not only that, but it is the logic of big-government supporters to actually believe there is an as-yet-undiscovered group in need of governmental rescue.
Think about it: The awarding of disability payments to pedophiles, exhibitionists, kleptomaniacs, pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and sadomasochists did not just happen spontaneously. Some Greek-government do-gooders sat down, and studied, and thought Very Serious Thoughts, and came to the conclusion that these groups deserved to be subsidized by everyone else in Greece. And not just subsidized, but in some cases subsidized more heavily than people who are actually disabled!
This does not require conflating people who are actually disabled with pedophiles. They become linked — and said linkage is not made, remember, by advocates of limited government out to destroy the social safety net by denigrating legitimate beneficiaries, but by the big-government folks who declared them equally entitled to disability payments — only because the the logic of big government cannot allow for an immovable limit. The Rubicon must be crossed, then moved, then crossed again, and this process repeated forever. Thus do sensible programs expand inexorably into territory they once would have been laughed out of.
– By Kyle Wingfield