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Jan 1 welcomes 40,000 new laws! Maybe it’s time for a different kind of New Year’s resolution…
Flopping Aces ^ | 01-07-14 | Vince

Posted on 01/07/2014 10:41:55 AM PST by Starman417

One of the great places to observe the successes of New Year’s 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 Year’s resolutions is that whatever your hubris at the end of the year – “I’m going to lose 50 pounds by summer” or “I’m going to read one book a month” or “I’m going to watch less TV” you can reconsider it with little consequence and change your behavior accordingly. In another words, New Year’s 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 Year’s resolutions, which will leave you with little more than a bruised ego if they don’t work out, laws can leave you with less money and less freedom and you can’t just shrug your shoulders if they don’t 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 And unlike resolutions that can wither in the face of reality, laws rarely, if ever, are rescinded, and once they are on the books they can be used as tools of intimidation by government regulators to pretty much do whatever they want.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 that’s what the data says… And that’s the problem. Apparently the FDA doesn’t think you are smart enough to make informed decisions about your own health.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: laws; liberal

1 posted on 01/07/2014 10:41:55 AM PST by Starman417
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To: Starman417

40,000 laws?? I thought this was the most do-nothing congress in a thousand years..


2 posted on 01/07/2014 10:49:55 AM PST by CMailBag
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To: CMailBag

I have heard it stated by others that every law passed is a another restriction on liberty.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 11:01:10 AM PST by liege (America 180)
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To: Starman417; Revolting cat!; GeronL; Slings and Arrows

How many new criminals is this?


4 posted on 01/07/2014 11:04:14 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Starman417

In Regs We Trust


5 posted on 01/07/2014 11:06:58 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: CMailBag

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.


6 posted on 01/07/2014 11:25:34 AM PST by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: Starman417
“The state — or, to make matters more concrete, the government — consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get, and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time it is made good by looting ‘A’ to satisfy ‘B’. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advanced auction on stolen goods.” ― H.L. Mencken
7 posted on 01/07/2014 12:20:50 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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