Today was a court deadline for reuniting confiscated children under 5 years old with their parents. Of 102 such kids DOJ says there are 75 that qualify for reuniting, and 4 have been reunited. They estimate another 34 will be reunited by the end of the day.
Among the details of the cases that can't be resolved by the deadline is this gem:
So we may have detained and taken kids from US citizens. Whether it's true in this case or not, how these kinds of nearly inevitable consequences were totally disregarded by people who normally believe the government is too incompetent to be trusted remains beyond me.
Yes, this part of it is always a head scratcher.
The government is an inefficient and incompetent bureaucracy.
Except for when it comes to (1) prison sentences and capital punishment and (2) separation of parents and children.
Don't forget police shootings! Where the government agent wielding deadly force is inexplicably far less responsible for their actions than the dead unarmed person who gets castigated and smeared in the grave.
With the exception of the occasional libertarian type who's genuinely consistent on it, the real code always seems to be "small enabling government for me (still subsidizing me but in ways I can easily disregard), big oppressive government for thee."
It always reminds me of how "criminal" gets used rhetorically as a sort of personality trait that defines disliked groups but people with favored identities being convicted of actual crimes are ignored or minimized. Note how Trump and people here's response to the admin violating a court order is to blame the separated families for breaking the law - in other words, "we" don't have to follow the law but "they" do, so it's all their fault. It's ingroups and outgroups all the way down. And these poor kids are definitely an outgroup.