Skip to comments.Jan 1 welcomes 40,000 new laws! Maybe it’s time for a different kind of New Year’s resolution…
Posted on 01/07/2014 10:41:55 AM PST by Starman417
One of the great places to observe the successes of New Years resolutions is at the gym. January invariably sees the place packed with new people in their new workout clothes looking at the sea of machines trying to figure out what machine does what and you use them. By March the scene is much different in that a majority of those newbies have fallen off their path to fitness while those remaining have figured out which machines they like and what routines keep them going.
The beauty of New Years resolutions is that whatever your hubris at the end of the year Im going to lose 50 pounds by summer or Im going to read one book a month or Im going to watch less TV you can reconsider it with little consequence and change your behavior accordingly. In another words, New Years resolutions can be short-lived or enduring, you get to decide which, based on your goals, objectives and willingness to do the work.
Unfortunately, such is not the case for laws. Unlike New Years resolutions, which will leave you with little more than a bruised ego if they dont work out, laws can leave you with less money and less freedom and you cant just shrug your shoulders if they dont work out.
Across America the New Year rings in its annual christening of new laws. From California students getting to decide for themselves which bathrooms they want to use to Rhode Island employers no longer being able to ask prospective employees about a criminal past, there are 40,000 new laws and regulations that will be added to the millions that Americans already have to navigate through. And unlike resolutions that can wither in the face of reality, laws rarely, if ever, are rescinded, and once they are on the books they can be used as tools of intimidation by government regulators to pretty much do whatever they want. And what they want is control, regardless of what it costs you.
Take as an example a recent interaction between the FDA and a company called 23 And Me. 23AndMe marketed a $99 genetic test where customers would send in a swab with their DNA on it and the company would return to them a detailed ancestry report and personalized information on 248 genetic traits and health conditions. Basically the company would analyze your DNA and give you a report of what it says about your health, at a genetic level. Do with it what you like, but thats what the data says And thats the problem. Apparently the FDA doesnt think you are smart enough to make informed decisions about your own health.
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40,000 laws?? I thought this was the most do-nothing congress in a thousand years..
I have heard it stated by others that every law passed is a another restriction on liberty.
How many new criminals is this?
In Regs We Trust
It’s not Congress. It’s the myriad administrative agencies beavering away to steal every last shred of liberty and dignity you have. Regulating the minutiae of your day-to-day existence is their meal ticket. Wipe out the entrenched bureaucracy and America would be a much better place.