Slippery Slope

I was reading a Businessweek article recently about one of my favorite non-Texas politicians — Massachusetts’ Susan Collins.  Over the years she has been a supporter of interest important to our industry and an extremely well-balanced politician.

The article was about Collins and the position she was taking about gun legislation — no I’m not going there.  What picqued my interest was a comment  in the article from an opponent of her position, “The language isn’t that bad, but it’s a slippery slope.  You do this and then one day it will be Chuck Schumer’s language, and then it will lead to the government confiscating our guns.”  Slippery slope — that’s a phrase I think creates unwillingness to rationally discuss positions which need to be rationally discussed.

The fear of letting the “camel’s nose under the tent” and subsequently having to deal with a spitting, smelly, ugly animal in our living quarters too often keeps us from being creative.  What may look like a slippery slope in fact may be a rational decision which needs to be made for the betterment of everyone.   No, I don’t want the camel in my tent, but I’m willing to discuss the value of having him close by in case I need to ride into the desert.


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