Kennedy’s Paternalism

From Reason:

Kennedy championed a plethora of liberal causes that are surrounded by an aura of nobility: the defense of the poor, the disabled and the sick, the rights of women and minorities. Yet many of the measures he supported are prime examples of the discrepancy between idealistic causes and unintended effects.

I’d agree, but this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t address these problems – we emphatically should – but the knee-jerk answer shouldn’t be “there should be a law…”,¬†which seemed to be Kennedy’s default.

Incidentally, this article doesn’t mention the times Kennedy fought for deregulation, sometimes at great political expense.