Monday, January 21, 2008

Who will protect us from good intentions?


In a Sunday NY Times article "
Unintended Consequences ," Freakonomics authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner explain why "do-good" laws often fail:

1. The Endangered Species Act is actually endangering, rather than protecting, species.

2. The Americans with Disabilities Act, enacted in 1992, has led to a sharp drop in the employment of disabled workers.