Terrorism gets a lot of attention. It doesn’t produce many casualties relative to the population size, and would produce even fewer if governments didn’t insist on disarming their own residents. The various government shenanigans with health care, restraints of trade and taxes don’t get quite as much headline space. And yet, “obamacare” all by itself messes with the availability of medical services, viability of research, and reduces the amount of resources available for other purposes. The cumulative effect of these impositions in terms of earlier deaths, more illness, longer working hours to pay for it all, will be far greater than the occasional public murder by deranged psychopaths.
It’s the old story of Eastasian aggression and victory gin rations being bigger news than the actual events and trends of importance, a sleight of hand to distract. The most obvious question with any newsworthy calamity is: “what’s happening in the shadows while we are squinting at the limelight?”