California is suing the federal government for regulatory changes made to the Endangered Species Act. While I'm not qualified to assess the changes themselves (although I am qualified to beg that Dems retire the hackneyed "Republican War on Science" theme. Please tell John "stem cells will make the lame rise and walk" Edwards to sit on his hands before you have the temerity to criticize my party on science, thank you.) I was particularly intrigued by this line. "The new federal rules, he said, could put California's threatened and endangered wildlife in greater jeopardy and could ultimately cost the state more to protect plants and animals on California's Endangered Species List." Since when have Californians been unable to protect California wildlife on their own? Really, we need a DC beurocracy to safeguard plants and animals living in our state? Why should the largest and richest state in the country be going and whining to the feds in the first place?
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.