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Most of you that are reading this know that the legislative branch of the federal government is the law making body. Congress, made of the House and Senate, write laws. That’s one of their few jobs. They overstep their bounds all the time, but that’s a different post.

They are supposed to be in charge of all things law related. When they write a law, they are supposed to include what the law is, how it’s going to be implemented along with how much money it will take to be implemented, and from what portion of the Constitution they have the authority to enact such a law. They used to do this. What they started doing, instead, was create agencies like the Department of Education, the FDA, the EPA, DOE, etc. These agencies are tasked with writing all the parts of the law that have to do with how the law will be executed.

You might be thinking to yourself, “Self, that sounds absurd. There are supposed to be law makers, and law executers. How did these agencies get into the business of writing laws??”

Well, Self, you’d be onto something. Let’s discuss a scenario and you tell me if the Congress members don’t think you’re got the IQ of a gnat for falling for this nonsense.

Imagine a farmer who is being pushed on hard by the EPA. They are fixing to go out of business because the EPA has made yet another regulation that will cost lots of money to implement, yet makes no actual difference to the environment. Just a couple of examples are the regulation of dust (yes, dust) and making the handling of manure so complex as to require 15 hours of paperwork every week by the farmer.

Well, the law that the EPA is using to put the pressure on this farm doesn’t say they can’t stir up dust. It just states that they can’t pollute the air. Well, okay, but how did the EPA come up with that? They wrote a REGULATION. “Well,” you say, “that should be part of the law, so we can hold the people who wrote it accountable at the voting booths! Why are they just adding to laws?” EXACTLY. Because the congress has tasked the alphabet agency to write the rest of the law, and they can play like they have no culpability.

Now, back to our farmer. They petition their congressman to ask for help. The congressman “pulls a few strings” and has the EPA back off or give him a waiver. Well, the farmer is grateful and will vote for our congressman again!

Do you see how the congressman has shunned his responsibility in writing the law that caused the problem in the first place? He acts like he can’t do anything about the excessive and costly regulation (which costs billions – that’s NINE zeros – of dollars out of the economy each year and keep people from basing businesses in the US because of them). Don’t be thinking I’m talking about sane regulations. I’m talking about things like forcing businesses to post calorie counts. Really? If customers want to know, they already have to provide the info. But, we’re going to make them spend money of posting them, regardless if anyone cares? It’s things like that, and millions more regulations piled on idiotic things like that which force businesses to close.

You might be thinking…it’s just ONE regulation. How can it be that bad? Well, you know how they used to press people to death? They’d pile on one stone at a time. Each didn’t weigh much, but the combined weight, in the end, killed the person. Same thing. Each regulation may not be a humdinger (though, some are), but the death of the business is the same, in the end. They die under millions of regulations that your congresswoman claims to have no part of.

Here’s the worst part: there is NO place in the US Constitution where it could even be construed as to mean that these agencies are constitutional. So, let’s sum up:

The congressmen/women shirk their responsibility, play like they can’t do anything about it, and then, when they give you crutches (after breaking your legs), want you to be thankful. Yep. They’re pretty sure you’re brain power is comparable to that of a coconut.

This is why it’s important to understand natural rights. Get my book about The Declaration of Independence by clicking HERE, or on the picture at the right. You can’t understand the Constitution without understanding The Declaration. Get informed, and then know where you stand.

And, quit voting in congresspeople who think you are as smart as a pencil eraser!

 

 

I saw this picture on Facebook.

True Cost of Fast Food

This is a good example of the problem with government control of private industry. Why should I care if another person wants to eat garbage, smoke, drink, etc.? Why should anyone else care if I eat garbage, smoke, drink, etc? Answer: they shouldn’t, except on an individual level, as caring friends and family.

Now, since the toll of any bad behavior is foisted upon the tax payers, now I care, and so do you. Why? Because now we have to pay for other people’s bad choices, but the bad-choice-makers are shielded from the consequences because they are now “entitled” to health insurance, which, they are told (and is a lie) will translate into actual health care.

In addition, the government sanctions the poor conditions of feedlots and animals. If left to private industry, the public would force the producers to treat the animals better because there would be much more info spread around about the true conditions. As it stands, the larger corporations exert large amounts of influence at the capital because we have elected weak and corrupt leaders who allow money to influence their votes at the capital and in the states.

Don’t believe me? Ask people who try to sell fresh milk and the intimidation they get from the regulations pushed by the large dairy industry. They’ve almost managed to eradicate their competition.

It’s not so simple as blaming the food manufacturers. If they were scared of losing customer dollars, they didn’t have regulations and laws inhibiting true competition, and had to face the public honestly…as real capitalism dictates, we would have a truly different landscape. For example, supplements are not regulated by the FDA, yet they are regulated…by the consumers. If any product is bad, let me tell you, word travels fast. They are kept in line better than any FDA inspector could.

Then, if people were in charge of their own health, had to make sure they made good choices in an effort to get the best insurance price, like the real free market would dictate, again, we would have a truly different landscape of attitude and choices.

In that instance, insurance would have to compete, instead of follow the regulations for the most federally regulated industry, and the costs would lower. Instead, only the big boys are winning, and now with Obamacare, they will fall and the single payer system will replace them. Then people will care even more what I do and there will be laws that “regulate” your behavior and mine. It’s already started.

In the end, the problem is a corrupt society. We called on government to “take care” of problems that were better left to the free market. This began a long time ago, but has been increasing in intensity the past 50 years. Now, we have the equivalent of the government breaking our legs and then saying that we should be thankful for them giving us crutches and a band-aid.

The root issue is corruption and public complacency and ignorance. All other symptoms stem from that.

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