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The Spot-On Quote Of The Day…

14 November 2011 @ 08:32

…is awarded to Adjoran, long-time blog commentator, for offering a brilliant explanation as to why government in this day and age is so inept and, more importantly, dangerous:

The number of federal crimes in the statutes runs from something over 2500 to nearly 5000 – no one, including the offices and agencies who have to track such things, can do more than guess.

That’s just actual laws, too. The regulations run many more thousands of pages, and the codes often incorporate regulations in criminal penalties.

And yet, for all the benevolent guidance handed down through law, regulation, and rule, still the announced goals are never closer.

We need to take this great mountain of paperwork and cut it down to size – and not by snips about the edges, either. Of course some regulations are necessary, but they should be able to be justified directly and in a short paragraph every ten years, or be dropped. All laws and regulations should have a sunset provision, expiring on their own unless specifically passed again by Congress and signed by they President.

Spot-on and dead solid perfect.

-It seems to me a sunset amendment should be written in The Constitution along the exact lines Adj proposes. Such a provision would force a debate on all the issues taken up by the national government so that none can hide in the crowd.

-At least the laws are passed with some level of light being shown on them [especially in the Age Of The Internet], but the most insidious practice is the Rule By Regulation.

Very little light, if any, get’s shown when these damn things are issued. And if there is any light, shown, it is directional [a small ad in an obscure government
publication announcing a public hearing that just just
satisfies the absolute minimum of public notification]. Hell, in my checkered past, I’ve participated in this awful practice.

Also, with the proliferation of so many thousands of departments, so many regulations are being proposed at one time that you can’t keep up with them. That is pure insanity…and it is a dangerous lunacy that has brought the American System to the point of collapse.

-If we ever get another conservative President [and that is seriously in doubt if we don't elect one in 2012], one of his or her’s first priorities should be to assign a select number of individuals to take on the task of going through each and every government cabinet department with a machete and cutting out most of it’s regulations, while the President should working with conservative members of the Congress to repeal as many laws as possible that were the evil spawn of said regulations.

Such work will not be glamorous, but it must be done if The Republic is to have a chance ― just a chance, mind you ― of surviving.

All Executive Orders must be subjected to the same radical surgery ― Obama and George W. Bush and Clinton have a lot to answer for.

Big tip of the fedora to Smitty, whose posting on a different, but related, matter inspired Adjoran, who in turn inspired me.

4 Comments
    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      14 November 2011 @ 10:05 10:05

      That’s great. Thank you.

  1. 14 November 2011 @ 16:37 16:37

    LIke zero based budgeting. Everything starts from zero. No incremental. Start with zero regulations and rebuild them from scratch. That will keep them suckers busy and leave us the hell alone.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      14 November 2011 @ 16:42 16:42

      Because it’s nearly impossible to keep track of everything the bureaucrats are up to, the great thing about the Sunset Provision is it forces us to reconsider each one every so many years.

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