Thursday, August 18, 2016

More Rules and Regulations, More Thieves and Robbers

President Obama has enacted 20,642 regulations since taking office in 2009.  He of course is not the first president to pass tens of
thousands of regulations, and unlikely he is the last. "Law-makers" gonna make "laws."

Add on top of these federal rules, those
enacted at the state and local levels. There are so many "laws" on the
books today that one (liberal) critic estimates that the average individual unwittingly commits three felonies a day.  

Reminds me of a section of Bastiat's The Law:

"But, unfortunately,
law by no means confines itself to its proper functions.
And when it has exceeded its proper functions,
it has not done so merely in some inconsequential and debatable matters.
The law has gone further than this;
it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose.
The law has been used to destroy its own objective:
It has been applied to annihilating the justice
that it was supposed to maintain;
to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect.
The law has placed the collective force
at the disposal of the unscrupulous
who wish, without risk, to exploit
the person, liberty, and property of others.
It has converted plunder into a right,
in order to protect plunder.
And it has converted lawful defense into a crime,
in order to punish lawful defense."
  And chapter 57 of the Tao Te Ching:

"The more laws and restrictions there are,
The poorer people become.
The sharper men's weapons,
The more trouble in the land.
The more ingenious and clever men are,
The more strange things happen.
The more rules and regulations,
The more thieves and robbers. "


Pete533 said...
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Don Matesz said...

Regulations didn't prevent the events in Flint, did they? No, the water was provided by government, the municipal water supply. Despite EPA regulations, the government gave the people poisoned water. The poisoning of the water itself is a result of government providing "free" sewage treatment and sewage systems which allow everyone to dump their wastes into "public" waters. If there were no such systems, people couldn't dump wastes off of their own property and would have to take care of their own wastes. Now the incentive is to dump it in the drain; remove that incentive.

Firearm homicides have been in decline since the 1990's.

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