Outdated laws waste billions

Do we really need a Rural Electrification Administration? Created in 1935 when only 11% of farms had electricity, surely it reached its goal when almost every farm had electricity more than 60 years ago. Renamed the Rural Utilities Service almost 20 years ago, today it consumes $578 million of taxpayer money.

That is just one example of laws and regulations that might have made sense when first created long ago. Now in very different times does it make sense to have farm subsidies that mostly go to millionaires and billionaires?

When you go to the store, do you worry that the price of raisins is too low? Should the government make the price higher? Fear not, the Raisin Administrative Committee is on the job. This is another 1930s agency which orders farmers to turn over 47% of their crop to the government. Why? Don’t ask me.

Three quarters of voters believe that obsolete laws and regulations waste billions of dollars. More than 9 out of 10 think that it would be a god idea to review all regulations at least once every ten years to make sure they work.

Certain unalienable rights

“We must confront the fact that the government can either secure the rights of its citizens to their lives, liberty and property, or attempt to provide for the material needs of all, but it cannot do both. The latter requires surrendering the former.” — Stephen Bourque, WSJ letter

We all remember the famous phrase declaring that men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Now who remembers the immediately following phrase? The only hint I offer is that it relates directly to Mr. Bourque’s quote.

“Bad luck”

This is due for a repeat:

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as “bad luck”.

Quiz: Who wrote this?

ObamaCare turned three

Just over three years ago, March 23, 2010, ObamaCare was signed into law. Officially the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there is no evidence to support its title. The evidence instead indicates it will:

  • Increase insurance costs via new taxes
  • Cause 7 million to lose their current employer-paid coverage
  • Cause premiums to skyrocket
  • Cost people their jobs, or force them to part-time employment
  • Tax the middle-class – not just the “rich”
  • Add to the deficit
  • Cost more than promised
  • Exacerbate doctor shortages
  • Leave millions uninsured

All this by age three. And most of the law doesn’t take effect until 2014 or 2015.

Blue states sinking, Red states rising

People are moving away from blues states such as California, New York, and Illinois. They are moving to red states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Those eight states – all with GOP governors – were labeled by Chief Executive magazine as business-friendly. The states with the worst business policies were Massachusetts, Illinois, New York and California.

Republican policies are succeeding at the state level. Perhaps if the national GOP wants to succeed, it should listen more to GOP governors and less to consultants.