Many people say they want to help "the children," the elderly, the underprivileged, or some other group that they think needs assistance, and believe that supporting laws surrounded by the aura of good intentions is equivalent to actually helping. They suppose that their good intentions make them morally conscious, and that those people who don't support their legislation are morally unconscious. A morally conscious person who brings about bad results, however, is certainly not morally superior to a morally unconscious person who brings about bad results. When good intentions produce bad results, it doesn't matter how many flowery words and emotion-drenched images are thrown about. When the bad results of good intentions are so consistent as to be predictable, the intentions cannot be considered good in the first place. They are deception.