Friday, July 01, 2011

Burger flippers flip burgers, firefighters fight fires... what do you expect when you call someone a "lawmaker"?

Every year, the shelves of America creak louder under ever-thickening volumes of federal, state and local laws and regulations, codes and ordinances. I'm telling you, while all the worrywarts are handwringing about the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, it's gonna be some law library in New Jersey that collapses into a singularity and destroys the planet...

(H/T to Unc.)


og said...

I think I'd rather be a chicken sexer.

Bob B. said...

I'm of the opinion that the word politician is just another form of the word liar. the concept of right and wrong left government long ago to be replaced by self interest.

Anonymous said...

I have a modest proposal.

All laws will expire in 10 years.

It is high treason to have "omnibus renewal bills", i.e. every law has to be re-voted on separately.

I figure that after about 10 years, they'd be so busy repassing old laws, so that murders don't walk and the like, that even with non-contentious wholesale sessions, that new laws would basically run out of time to be passed.

Chuck Pergiel said...

That would be like so cool! And we wouldn't have to worry about global warming anymore! Double bonus!

Bubblehead Les. said...

Read somewhere that the Average American Citizen has to live under about 4 million Laws, Rules and Regs at all levels of Gooberment. So I figure when I wake up, I've probably broken about 20 of them before I've had my first cup of coffee.

Of course, this does not apply to those who wrote them, just us peons.

Who sometimes shoot back.

Legally, of course.

Tam said...

Charles Pergiel,

If we took out all the environmental regs, it would set back the singularity by at least 18 months.

John A said...

Anonymous at 2:29 PM, July 01 - Yes, I have been saying this, with possible exceptions for murder and treason, for years.

One example, which some might disagree with, is the Federal anti-marijuana law from the Thrities (no, I am not a user, and thankfully do not have medical need as yet either). Somehow, suspending it for WWII and begging farmers to plant hemp did not seem to have a horrible effect.

Bubblehead Les. some years back the House asked for a count - not a list - of Federal laws and regulations that carried jail and/or monetary penalties. The response was basically that such a task could not be accomplished.