Here are two articles of interest that tie together within the realm of how problems are perceived and how we try to solve them.
"Is there a health crisis? Numbers tell a different story" by Daniel Weintraub points out that no one wants the government to take over the auto industry, yet we pay three times as much money for cars now as we did twenty years ago. But a proportional increase in the cost of health care is deemed a "Crisis" which must be solved by government intervention. Actually, we are getting a lot more health care for our money.
Jonah Goldberg's recent National Review column entitled "First, do no harm" explores the idea that solutions to complex problems often cause more serious problems to arise. One of his examples involves child obesity which interestingly can be attributed to working mothers. Since Mom doesn't have time to cook a nutritious meal, kids end up eating a lot of Hot Pockets and McDonalds Happy Meals. And voila - they're overweight. But women must be allowed to pursue careers and make their own choices. It's just not "liberating" to be a stay-at-home mom. So, which is better or which is worse?
(I'll have more to say about this a little later today.)