But Whose Arrogance Can Save Us From Ourselves?
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One of the prime movers of the initiative (the other is Steve Hildebrand) is District 9 State Rep and clergyman Steve Hickey. Hickey's Cotton Mather-esque propensity to run our society according to his personal moral code flared up here last year when his letter to the editor of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader blasted South Dakota physicians and psychologists for not speaking out against the evils of homosexual sex. Having gotten nowhere with that comical effort, Hickey has since turned his attention to the much maligned payday lending industry, blaming it for many of the financial ills endemic to a segment of our communities. Hickey's displeasure with the whole set-up
|SD Payday Lender Chuck Brennan|
Rich Guy That People Like To Hate
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Well heavens to Betsy. What's a poor libertarian like me to do, now that our state's liberal elites have joined forces with one of its prime pulpiteers to gang up on a business that has left a lot of unhappy people in its wake? Not much, I guess, except call attention to the fact that you can't legislate against people screwing up their own lives. It's an unfortunate part of the process known as a free society. I imagine that the evils perpetrated by the easy access to alcohol in our community are vastly more pervasive and socially costly than those created by payday lenders, but it's much easier to target the visibly rich profiteers in the latter industry, so off the moralists and nanny-staters go, smug in their self-righteousness and oblivious to the fact that they're doing away with a symptom, not a cause.