“That government is best which governs least;” and I should like to see it acted upon more rapidly and systematically.
Henry David Thoreau
“No tyranny is more cruel than the one practiced in the shadow of the laws and under the colors of justice — when, so to speak, one proceeds to drown the unfortunate on the very plank by which they had saved themselves.”
Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
You have heard every politician since you could understand the English language say, “We are a nation under the rule of law!” It is complete nonsense. We are a nation of regulations.
The following is from one of my earliest posts. The 125 laws passed by Congress in 2009 were not sent to you by letter and you were not instructed in the manner to conduct yourself so that you will not be sent to prison. Indeed, between 2000-2007 452 new crimes were created in the USA, that is one per week! But, I am sorry to tell you that “laws” do not stop there. They are then sent to various Federal Regulatory Agencies where the “rules” for the application of these laws are written. These busy little beavers wrote – are you ready – 3503 rules and regulations to administer 125 laws. That is a multiplication factor of 28.
If you think that you can’t be prosecuted for “breaking rules” of which you have never heard, just ask Abner Schoenwetter about that. Congress continues to go its merry way passing laws that subsequently need “rules” (i.e., regulations) although gridlock has thankfully reduce the ability to pass substantive laws.
[Source:Obama Administration Announces 144 Big Regulations Right Before Thanksgiving, by James Gatuso]
Our current President likes regulations. Over 2,000 regulations are now being written. Of these, 144 are deemed “economically significant”—that is, expected to cost Americans $100 million or more each. This is a new record, beating the previous high of 136 set by – you guessed it – President Obama this spring.
I will assume you are an adult of sound mind and consider yourself a free and emancipated American citizen. You will therefore want to know that our federal government has decided to advise you (and require that manufacturers label their food products) with the serving sizes for food that “can reasonably be consumed at one eating occasion.”
Next will be an advisory on the required number of toilet paper, two-ply sheets necessary to adequately wipe your ass!