Quote of the Day

Dave Killion — April 9, 2012

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2010, nearly 33,000 people were killed in auto crashes. That’s a lot of harm that could be reduced by lowering the speed limit to 5 or 10 miles an hour. You say, “Williams, that’s ridiculous!” What you really mean to say but don’t have the courage to is that to save all of those lives by making the speed limit 5 or 10 miles per hour is not worth the inconvenience. Needless to say – or almost so – there are many activities we engage in that either cause harm to others or have the potential for doing so, but we don’t ban all of these activities.”

– Walter Williams, blogging at LewRockwell.com.

Williams is one of our clearest thinkers and commenters. In the post from which the quote came, he demonstrates how ludicrous are claims against second-hand smoke, and reminds us that when we attempt to solve problems, there are no solutions, only trade-offs.

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