“To dissemble: to conceal one’s true motives or thoughts by pretense.”

Linda Meric is one of the leaders of 9t05, a group behind a proposed ballot measure that would mandate certain employers located in Denver provide 9 paid sick days to employees a year.

In a letter to the Denver Post editor, Ms. Meric says the proposal is a “public health issue” because “[j]obs in food service, child care, nursing homes and home health care typically don’t come with paid sick days.” Since people in these industries come into contact with the public, Ms. Meric reasons, it is important that they be able to stay home when thy have a communicable illness.

So the proposal is limited to employers in those industries? No. It is not.

Then why is Ms. Meric’s argument limited to the public health angle? After all, she says “[i]f you don’t want flu with your fries, vote ‘yes’ to protect jobs and the public health in November.”

Perhaps because it is easier to sell a proposal against someone sneezing on your food than it is to sell what the proposal really does: Provide government control over what is otherwise a private business decision between labor and management.

Statists hate it when people make their own decisions, especially when the statist is so much smarter than the stupid workers and so much more compassionate than the evil and greedy small business owners. 9t05 knows what is best for us all, and instead of convincing us they are right, and getting us to voluntarily implement their policy, they want to force us to obey their dictates or face official government sanction.

These social engineers and central planners do not believe in free choice. They believe workers are “powerless” to improve their working conditions. Therefore, the powerless workers need the authority of the state to force the greedy employers to treat them “humanely.”

They fail to see that the most inhumane force that has ever existed on this planet is the state. Every government atrocity ever committed was done in the name of making the world a better place – for someone.

“But Dave!” you say, “the state ended Jim Crow laws and busted price gouging monopolies to make the world a better place, just to name two examples of the awesomeness of our benevolent government!” Yes, that is what we have been told.

But who enacted the Jim Crow laws? Who enforced them with police dogs and water hoses? The state. Who subverted them? Who opened underground jazz clubs so people of different races could mingle together, voluntarily, without fear of government retribution? Free individuals.

And who allowed the monopolies to prosper? Who created artificial barriers to entry so competition was thwarted? Who gave government assets to private individuals and corporations so that cronies of politicians could run monopolies and get rich? The state. Who fought the monopolies? Who tried to beat them in the marketplace by providing a cheaper or better product? Free individuals.

Looking to the government to provide a better life for individuals is like giving the keys to your liquor cabinet to a drunk and expecting him to take care of it.

The government, all too often, is a malignancy wrapped in a pretty bow and presented as a gift that we eagerly accept. Look behind the bow.