Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Monday, March 5, 2012

"When all you have is a hammer . . . "

from The Silicon Graybeard's blog:


This probably goes best with my "Tales from the Over-Regulated State" series, except I don't have a specific example. Just this take home fact:
In the last 90 days, the Fed.gov has issued 5999 new regulations.
They're not shy or ashamed about this - the web site is there to help you find all those new regulations. So I screen-capped it.

"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)

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