Regulations and taxation are strangling our economy. Like the kudzu growing in the hills around my home, red tape grows and grows leaching nutrients from the economic soil and blocking the sun that is needed for new businesses and ventures to grow.
It’s probably not surprising to regular readers of this website either.
Big business LOVES government. It in many respects LOVES regulations. Whose lobbyists do you think write the regulations?
Regs often game the system toward the connected and entrenched. A Federal subsidy here. A new regulation that shuts out up and coming companies and technology there.
Cutting regulations is good for the economy. It’s good for small and medium sized businesses. It isn’t always so good for the behemoths that have teams of people working the politicians on Capitol Hill.
Believe it or not Canada, that’s right Canada, started this red tape cutting trend. We posted about Canada’s so called “1 for 1” regulation scheme in the spring of 2015. The law stated that for any new reg implemented an old reg had to be repealed.
Our readers loved the idea. But some readers said that a “1 for 1” deal didn’t take things far enough. Apparently President Trump agrees with them.
The busybodies must by their nature remain “busy.” (Usually to the detriment of the people around them.) That’s why we must reduce the number of government busybodies. It’s the only way to keep these people in line. They’ll never stop. They’ll never regulate themselves. Their natural tendency is to insert themselves into every nook and cranny of life.
See this what happens when one doesn’t license dog walkers. Before you know it dogs are walking each other. Then all hell breaks loose.
First off – I love dogs. I’ve had them all my life. I even had one in college. My dog Sabina, who truly is a companion is sleeping at my feet at this moment. But dogs are not people. They are not children. They are dogs.
Second – When did Seattle lose its mind?
According to Trump’s 7 point plan for the first 100 days he wants to institute a requirement that;
“for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.”
In Canada they did something similar recently (though it was only one regulation removed for each one created) and a few months ago ACC argued that we should try a similar tack in the USA. ACC would have been happy with a 1 for 1,
Mackey is almost too sane. I enjoy listening to him and his analysis on pretty much everything is almost always excellent.
“I’m sorry son but do you have a license for that polish?”
Seems legit. 4 licenses for shining shoes? Well there are different types of polish, and one must know the subtle and complicated art of making a wingtip gleam in the sun.
There are people who for some deep psychological reason just want to get into other people’s business. (I am joking but I am also increasingly convinced that this is true.) They need to stick their nose into things. They honestly think that they know better. These people are attracted to government like luna moths to high school football flood lamps. They can’t help it. It is in their nature. They must tell people what to do. It satisfies a deep deficit somewhere in the bureaucratic brain.
I for the record am pro-Pokemon Go. It’s an interesting little game which gets people moving, especially kids who often aren’t moving enough. This week in the Atlanta airport I watched people walk up and down the concourse searching for virtual monsters. More often than not these people were smiling while they were searching and they were often searching with other people. This is a good thing. They were having fun – in the Atlanta airport.
Government is massive. It is inefficient. It is wasteful. It bullies. It over regulates. It hinders commerce. It is the fundamental component of crony capitalism. Crony capitalism can not happen without government. The bigger the government the more crony.
Laws should be simple and straightforward. They should be few. They should be transparent.
To the degree that laws are not simple and straightforward, to the degree that they are many and not few, to the degree that laws are not transparent,