We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
America has more laws, rules, and regulations than anybody could learn in a lifetime - or could obey without a large team of lawyers on hand at all times. I'm in favor of a ten-year moratorium on new laws, giving time to roll back old laws.
I would favor a five year sunset on all laws requiring the congress and state legislatures to look at them all again. This would go a long way towards allowing citizens to have an input on these decisions. I also think that the federal, state and local governments have consistently abused and misused laws that generate/require fines and monetary penalties. They are literally stealing citizens money and property. I would prefer that all monetary and property confiscations and fines be eliminated. The money encourages dishonesty in the justice system and distrust by the citizens.
It's too bad The Framers didn't write a sunset clause in the Constitution requiring all laws to expire say, 7 years after they were passed. This would require Congress to revisit them.
However the cynic in me speculates that were this the case, there would be omnibus extension bills where all expiring laws were piled into one bill for a vote to have them extended for the next 7 years. That way Congress wouldn't have to trouble themselves with actually repealing anything.
I think Glenn is right. Collapse or revolution/secession is the only way to get out from under these laws. He is also right that they are cumulatively shutting down economic growth and shrinking freedom.
“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against... We’re after power and we mean it... There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”
- Ayn Rand, ‘Atlas Shrugged’ 1957