A San Francisco business-owner who was on the verge of finally being able to re-open a salon emailed me to express her outrage that the San Francisco Board of Public Health had abruptly imposed a whole new raft of requirements that prevent her re-opening. My correspondent is a committed Democrat and fervently anti-Trump, but her email ended with a real cry from the heart. She’s sick of having the city use the virus to push her around and destroy her business. While I am genuinely sorry for her, I used the occasion of her email to suggest to her that this is a problem inherent in progressive Democrat governance. The following is what I wrote to her:
You have my deep and sincere sympathy for what you’re experiencing.
I know you’re not for Trump, but give me a minute to make my pitch. What you’re experiencing is the Democrats’ belief that government through experts creates bureaucracies that know better than you do about what’s important to you. In a nutshell, that’s the progressive Democrats’ prime selling point and has been since Woodrow Wilson: we’re the experts, and we know better. Most of the time, though, bureaucrats don’t know better.
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