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  •  well, in that we'll just have to agree to disagree (0+ / 0-)

    regulating "things", be they buckyball magnets that kids choke on or crib slats, is part of a public health matrix to save lives.

    Life is arbitrary, and balancing rights with safety always  difficult.

    I'm on the side of getting it done, and while it's important (never a waste of time) to accomodate objections, sometimes the objections need to be overruled if they block the ability to save lives.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 02:15:49 PM PDT

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    •  Saving lives should never be the primary goal. (0+ / 0-)

      If saving lives were to be the government's primary goal then we should each be confined to a padded cell because freedom itself means more risk.

      Without the freedom to drive we would be safer.
      Without the freedom to choose to go rock climbing or hiking we would be safer.
      Without the freedom to choose what to eat or do with our bodies we would be safer.
      Without the freedom to decide if we want a split-level or a ranch we would be safer.
      Without the freedom to have a pool or pond on our property we would be safer.

      It is an impossibility to both try to impose safety on others and remain a free people or to claim we hold the rights of  individuals in are regard whatsoever.

      Bloomberging all over rights in an appeal that most frightfully matches "what about the children" is not my ideal of the open-mindedness that should go hand in hand with a liberal outlook on life and politics.

      •  ridiculous philosophy (0+ / 0-)

        saving lives is important.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:27:00 PM PDT

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        •  Who said saving lives is not important? (0+ / 0-)

          I certainly did not say that.  I stated it shouldn't be the first and overriding factor for if it were it would be illegal to undertake any risk whatsoever.

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