The View From 1776
Friday, October 16, 2009
Reflecting Upon Big Numbers
Thomas Sowell notes how much more prudent we are with our personal decisions than with assessing big numbers thrown out by politicians.
More miles per gallon, for example, are usually achieved by having lighter cars—and lighter cars mean less protection from the consequences of automobile accidents. Bluntly, it means more severe injuries and death.
Many of the same people who protest against “trading blood for oil” when it comes to military interventions in the Middle East seem not to see that higher miles per gallon can also mean trading blood for oil.