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November 17, 2012

Aphorism of the week #14 – Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then

Filed under: Aphorism — Mike Kueber @ 10:54 pm

The San Antonio Express-News in an editorial today announced its support for programs with the city of San Antonio and the county of Bexar to surcharge the health insurance premiums of employees who smoke.  My initial reaction to these programs was surprise because the city and county appear to be giving a nod to the free market and the incontrovertible fact that people who smoke, with all of their associated health problems, are inevitably going to be more expensive to insure.  Upon further reflection, however, I realized that the city and county were implementing these programs in further of the nanny principle – i.e., the government knows best how people should manage their lives.

Regardless of the rationale, these programs are good government, which reminds me of the saying that even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.

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