Overregulation Limits True Freedom
The next time anyone tries to put on a magic show, make sure they have a law degree first. No, seriously, that way you can make sure they’re up to code and not in danger of causing harm to any of their equipment in case of a tornado.
As ridiculous as this might sound, that’s how the executive administration works when they create regulations. Recently, a magician in Missouri was told that he needs to write up a disaster plan for his rabbit, that he pulls out-of-a hat, by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA sent him a 13 page letter that requires “detailing all the steps I would take to help get my rabbit through a disaster, such as a tornado, fire, flood, etc. They not only want to know how I will protect my rabbit during a disaster, but also what I will do after the disaster, to make sure my rabbit gets cared for properly.” The USDA is not even concerned about the current health of the rabbit and whether he treats it well, but rather, they want to know how he will take care of the rabbit during a natural disaster.
Unfortunately, silly regulations like this are always being put into place that limits the freedom of everyone. In fact, in 2012, Congress passed 127 bills, compared to the 3,708 regulations issued by agencies. For over the past ten years, the ratio of bills compared to regulations implemented has been at least 12 times as much. Which means, over the past decade, for every law that has been passed, the executive branch and its agencies have created at least 12 limitations on freedom per bill.
Economists John W. Dawson and John J. Seater believe that regulations added since 1949 have slowed economic growth by 2% annually. If one calculates that extra 2% back into the economy, the average income per person would be about $129,000 right now. Just imagine what else could have been done to promote economic growth with this money? Just imagine if you had the freedom to choose how to spend the money and it wasn’t going to natural disaster relief programs for rabbits. Taking care of rabbits is by no means bad, but ask yourself, do you want someone saying you have to take care of it this way? Or would you rather just be left alone and free to make your own decision?
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