Regulatory tales
Posted by aogTuesday, 02 July 2013 at 11:26 TrackBack Ping URL

Ah, yes, the wise hand of government, regulating us to improve our lives.

Like making sure stage magicians have disaster plans for their rabbits.

Passing laws the sponsoring legislator doesn’t understand or have even read or flail about in the design. Any software company that built product like that would rapidly become bankrupt.

Or perhaps just using known bad data to achieve political ends via putatively neutral regulation. There’s a persistent claim that evil private corporations killed off various public transports which is highly disputed, but we don’t have to look far to find well documented examples like this. Yet the people who complain about this as a private action don’t seem to mind if it’s done by the state for basically the same reasons.

Or government agencies willfully violating their own regulations and then claiming those same regulations prevent punishing anyone for the previous violation. That is, the regulations only protect the violators, not the innocent.

Then there’s the crack regulation enforcement teams that undertake complex and dangerous missions, to generate respect for themselves and the regulations they enforce. Because they’re the only people who can be trusted to obey regulations about dangerous items and protect endangered wildlife with uniform regulations.

Go regulators!

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Bret Tuesday, 02 July 2013 at 16:01

Regulators/bureaucrats are just priests of the church of big government and are therefore holy.

Peter Thursday, 04 July 2013 at 05:46

Geez, just as I finish squaring off with you and Bret on modern government theory over at Bret’s, you throw mandatory rabbit disaster plans at me. You really play dirty, AOG. :-)

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 04 July 2013 at 08:07

That’s because I am one of those writers with a gargantuan sense of entitlement

Peter Friday, 05 July 2013 at 05:01

Really? I assumed it’s because you are confident unfettered market forces would eventually provide the highest level of safety and security for our rabbits.

erp Friday, 05 July 2013 at 08:53

Maybe the reason rabbits were so ferverishly fertile is because they didn’t have a safety net.

Watch the bunny birth rate plummet now!

Peter Sunday, 07 July 2013 at 06:16

Indeed, erp, and no doubt we’re now going to have to listen to the rabbits prattle on about their rights while ignoring their duties and responsibilities.

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