Monday, November 24, 2008

Throw the governor under the bus

Many urban buses are equipped with a governor, a device for keeping the speed of rotation of the drive shaft constant as the load on it varies. This increases the moment of inertia and also operates a mechanical link that reduces the fuel supply, keeping the bus from going faster than a predetermined speed.

I've never heard a better analogy than the bus governor about how government works: The governor holds back the power of the engine and restricts its ability to move as fast and as freely as its potential. A government acts in the same manner towards its citizens.

Remove the governor, and the bus is free to operate to its full capability. Remove the government and you free the people.



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