Saturday, March 31, 2007

Unintended Consequences -- part 1

Fellow blogger, Dan Kennedy, links us into the explosion of consequences from the New Bedford Raid.

This is a fascinating case showing how the theory of unitended consequences applies to big government.

Some things to consider:
  1. Is New Bedford MA where al-qaeda plans to strike next?
  2. What were the opportunity costs of this raid, apparently 2+ months in the planning?
  3. Is it significant that the raid took place in a blue state?
  4. Are we just now spending millions on body armor vests?
  5. If there are only 100+ people working there now, what happened to all the New Bedfordians who wanted these jobs?
  6. How many of the rounded-up were actually illegals?
  7. How many were held without bail or due process?
  8. How much did this raid cost the taxpayers?
  9. How much did this raid cost the economy of New Bedford?
Let's take a look, shall we?


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