This comment appeared in the post entitled Gordon Smith's "Miss America Compassion", but it's interesting and powerful so we're upgrading it here. It's by Becky Miller, who wrote From Winger to Thinker: My Political Transformation last month.
The value of government regulation in the public interest was brought starkly home to me when I found myself in the middle of a 6.5 earthquake in Paso Robles, CA two years ago. Because of recent mandated earthquake retrofitting on old buildings, only one building collapsed and one or two people were killed.
Two days later a 6.5 earthquake hit Iran, killing thousands, as I recall, because their unregulated buildings collapsed on top of them.
I was humbled at the wisdom and compassion we have in this country for our fellow man.