MedicRN, you get a C-. :-) My request was to see if you actually had any basis for your statement in regards to the rarity of beneficial legislation. The assumption being that if it is indeed rare, it would be very easy to identify them given the vast amount of legislation. As you only were able to ID 2 that were actually legislation, I have to conclude you don't. The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and Financial Services Modernization Act (FSMA) are 2 different pieces of legislation though the later did amend the former. The FSMA is an interesting choice as it primarily was a deregulation of financial industry which clearly was a factor in the financial meltdown of 2008, so I find it a counter argument to evils of government intrusion and perhaps a perfect example of why government in needed. Eminent Domain is in the constitution and Korematsu v US was a challenge to an executive order. I totally agree with you regarding The Patriot Act.
The whole point being when it comes to something as important as how we are going to govern we have to have well thought out and supported opinions. Simplistic opinions held in spite of the facts cannot be argued or negotiated with hence our current political predicament.