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Originally posted by benrl
What would Batman do, solution to the economy
Frank Miller's seminal work The Dark Knight Returns (as well as its sequel The Dark Knight Strikes Again) is an excellent example of The Batman fighting against government censorship. Fighting against a corrupt government headed by Ronald Reagan and enforced by The Man of Steel, Batman leads the charge against those who would wish to usurp the rights of free men and women not only in the United States, but around the world as well. This is best exemplified in sequences throughout The Dark Knight Strikes Again in which the government utilizes super humans for cheap labor; The Flash's super-speed is used to power the entire eastern seaboard for free, while he remained in virtual slavery running endlessly in literal circles.
No National ID
Batman and Bruce Wayne (if you think about this psychologically, both are separate manifestations with differing personalities) are fiercely independent, and will strive to never adhere to another person's own sense of justice or order. A national ID represents unnecessary chains of bondage that would hamper Bruce Wayne's social life, as well as his ability to wage a war on injustice. To Batman, a creature of the shadows, an ID is of little consequence; as long as the police don't apprehend him. Just the idea of having to submit to another system of bureaucracy should be enough persuasion for Bruce Wayne to never ally himself with advocates of the national ID system.
"Ending Government Welfare"
one of Bruce Wayne's most humiliating failures before the US Congress. In the late 1990s, a devastating earthquake ravaged Gotham City, leaving the metropolis in ruins, and cut off from the outside world with hundreds of thousands of people still trapped inside of the city. When news of this disaster reached the US government, the military acted quickly to seal the city off from the outside, creating a veritable "Berlin Wall" around the entire perimeter before dynamiting bridges and mining rivers around the city; the US government effectively denied Gotham of existence by patrolling the city limits and shot down any aerial attempts to aid the city.
Bruce Wayne was lucky not to be trapped within the city when the earthquake ravaged the city, but he knew that he had to act quickly in order to bring order back to his hometown. Appearing before the US Congress, he pleaded for the government to send military and financial aid to help jumpstart the city after the catastrophe. Even after Wayne stated that he would donate more than half of his own personal funds to rebuild, Congress refused to send any sort of help, and declared Gotham a federal disaster zone. To make matters worse, senators literally laughed in Bruce's face as he pleaded his case from the depths of his soul... What went through Bruce's head was something similar to this: "Of course they wouldn't care; after all, it wasn't their city..." Bitter with inept bureaucrats and determined to bring Gotham back from the brink of destruction, he snuck back into the city (he knows the city better than anyone, especially when it comes to the sewer systems), with supplies, and a new sense of determination. In the end, Bruce Wayne gained the last laugh, when his allies helped regain the city, block by anarchic block, but not without losses and a new pessimistic outlook on the US government.