Posts Tagged ‘opportunity cost’
August 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 pm
Golden Gate Bridge Jumper Project Gives New Meaning to ‘Safety Net’

Thanks be to Hugh Hewitt who today highlights a multi-level government project to build a $50 million safety net 20 feet below the Golden Gate bridge to catch would-be suicide jumpers.  Apparently, about two dozen people a year jump to their deaths from one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions, and I’ll be the last person to quibble with the notion that every life is worth saving.

But as Hewitt points out, even the interest on $50 million could do a lot to reduce the conditions that create a suicidal decision.  Much like the economy, it would be nice if the people running government at all levels would concentrate more on creating the conditions for success instead of constructing elaborate safety nets when regulations fail people.

While I’m glad to see the Bay Area concerned with preserving at least one form of human life from senseless destruction, surely $50 million could do more good for more people than stringing out a last-ditch safety net for about 25 people a year.

H/T: Washington Examiner