GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Let the “free market” operate; you can’t manipulate people

The Park Service’s Botched Bottle Ban
Obama’s behavioral economists must have been on vacation.
By The Editorial Board
Aug. 24, 2017 7:09 p.m. ET

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Vacationers can now buy bottled water in national parks, after the Trump Administration this month ended an Obama-era policy that sought to reduce plastic waste. Environmentalists responded with predictable outrage, but reversing the ban is healthier and greener.

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The teachable moment turns out to be a lesson in the law of unintended consequences.

Appeared in the August 25, 2017, print edition.

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The “free market” is a slippery thing. It’s like water. It finds its own level.


Only Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats think they can “outsmart” the consumer.

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