Government Regulations
To quote Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase before Congress on June 13, 2012, "Lets not throw the baby out with the bathwater", ... "I believe in strong regulation, not necessarily more regulation".. He clarified by saying that continuing to add regulation on top of bad, ineffective regulation would just make it more complex and costly and less effective, meaning be a little thoughtful about the regulation that you impose on business. That is the common sense approach. People are concerned when they hear that Congress invites industry experts in to discuss development of laws and regulations for fear of watering down the law/regulation. So, that means they would rather have politicians in Congress who DO NOT understand the industry, develop a new law/regulation on their own? That hurts the industry, the economy and the employees and clients of the industry in question. If Congress is the "executive" representing the people of the US, they should use industry experts and make strong and proper executive decisions that create effective laws with with the best interests of the country in mind, and with out political maneuvering.

Connoisseurs of Liberty

By George Will,
from CATO Institute,

One of the truly momentous movements in our nation’s history occurred in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, when conservatives and libertarians realized that they were shut out of the entertainment industry and increasingly shut out of academia and the media.

The basic principles of liberty are moral—these rights are natural to creatures of our nature. But these principles are now not just moral, they are also urgently necessary. Because unless we have an open, free, mobile, dynamic society, we are going to have the most bitter distributional politics imaginable. If we continue to bump along at 2 percent or less growth, we will have an unrecognizable civic culture in this country. The only path to vigorous economic growth is to liberate the country from the dead hand of government and get out of the way of the natural wealth-creating aptitudes of the American people. We are sleepwalking into the most predictable crisis in our nation’s history. As the baby boomers retire and the entitlement state becomes more and more oppressive, the natural instinct of the government is going to be to increase the weight of government by increasing the tax take, producing a death spiral. The problem is, obviously, that the welfare state we have exists to subsidize two things that did not exist in 1935, when, with Social Security, we began to build a welfare state. The two things that did not exist then are protracted retirement and competent medicine. When they passed Social Security in 1935 and set the retirement age at 65, the life expectancy of an American male was—65. (Congress did its ruthless arithmetic in those days.) The average length of retirement in America expanded in the 20th century from 2 years to almost 20 years. Social Security was never designed for this. And competent medicine—my goodness. In 1924 Calvin Coolidge (the last president with whom I fully agreed) was living in the White House when his son Calvin Jr., 16 years old, played tennis without socks. He got a blister, it got infected, and he died—a lingering, agonizing death, in the White House, because medicine, even for presidents and their families, was almost incompetent.

And the problem is this: the government knows how to do Social Security. It identifies an eligible cohort by age, and it writes them checks. That pretty much exhausts the government’s competence. Delivering services and fine-tuning and regulating behavior are beyond its competence. Let me dwell a bit more on medicine—in 1900, 37 percent of all deaths were from infectious diseases. That’s now down to 2 percent. Only 18 percent of deaths in 1900 were of people over age 65. Today it’s 75 percent. Medicine went from the conquest of infectious diseases to today’s role of managing chronic ailments. Probably 40 percent of Medicare patients are living with three or more chronic ailments, any one of which would have killed them before modern pharmacology. Thirty percent of Medicare expenditures go to people in the last six months of life and are, definitionally, of limited medical value. What people do not realize in this current debate about health care is that even before the Affordable Care Act was passed, 50 cents of every health-care dollar was spent by the government. The American people have very little skin in the game.

... because Harry Reid of the great state of Nevada was the majority leader, and he wanted Nevada to be eligible for some of the 20 billion more dollars in border pork, they just declared it a border state.

The danger is that the more we interfere with the voluntary, spontaneous order of a free society, and a free world order, the more we consign ourselves to slow growth ... Do we want to have a government-centric society—a society in which government is assumed to be the organizer of American creativity?

I want you to come back with me to a crime scene...The crime occurred in April 1934...It occurred at 138 Griffith Street in Jersey City, New Jersey...Today 138 Griffith Street is a barber shop; then, it was a man’s tailoring and pressing shop run by Jacob Maged, a 49-year-old immigrant from Poland, father of two daughters. The crime he committed was putting in his shop window a sign saying he would press a man’s suit for 35 cents. Now, how did that become a crime in the land of the free and the home of the brave? The New Deal was in power, the New Deal knew everything, and the New Deal had a theory. The theory was, when you have a depression, prices go down; therefore—a historic non sequitur—we’ll have a recovery if we can force prices to rise. Therefore, we must outlaw competition, because competition drives down prices. Therefore, they had the National Industrial Recovery Act, and the first National Recovery Administration (NRA), which wrote 500 different codes of non-competition, cartelizing American industry.

The government had decided that 40 cents was the proper price for pressing a man’s suit. For his nickel crime, Mr. Maged was arrested, fined $100 (doesn’t sound like much, but the median family in- come that year was $1,500), and sentenced to 30 days in jail. The judge thought this was a teachable moment, so he canceled the fine, pardoned him from his sentence, and hauled him back into court where—and this is from the New York Times —he “gave him a little lecture on the importance of cooperation as opposed to individualism. Maged left the court with the New York Times trailing him. Duly chastened, he went back to his shop and took out the offending sign promising a 35-cent job and put in its place the Blue Eagle. The next morning the New York Times reported that Maged, “if not quite so ruggedly individualistic as for- merly, was a free man once more.”

A free man—if you define freedom as embracing a government propaganda symbol under the threat of fine and imprisonment. I don’t.

... neither political party today is recognizably committed to the liberty movement—to the belief in the spontaneous order of a market society and the creativity that alone, by providing the economic dynamism of which we are capable in this country, can enable us to fulfill the promises we’ve made to ourselves without having, as I say, ever more bitter distributional politics.

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