Add a new weapon from the “reality-based community” to the arsenal of things government can do to promote a culture of life.
It can regulate dangerous products. Like the car.
As reported by the New York Times, and elsewhere, today, the reason that traffic fatalities are dropping despite continued bad driving is safer cars. Safer because of government regulations, even though an administration official says, “yes, but” individuals should be credited with using seat belts more.
But seat belts, padded dashboards, breakaway mirrors, air bags, rear-window-mounted brake lights and a host of other safety features were built into cars not because the manufacturers thought consumers wanted them but because Congress required them.
The result, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, is that 5,000 Americans a year are alive who would not otherwise be — some of them presumably using their gift of extra life to rant and vote against “big government.”