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Out on a Limb

We seem to be overwhelmed with a plethora of petty government regulatory agencies. All of these agencies have a long list of regulations, which they have invented and which have the force of law. It seems there are people out there who know what the perfect world should be and intend to bring it into being by all sorts of fees and regulations. Freedom is less and less a reality and is really not a factor in creating the perfect society.All of these government agencies justify their existence by taking the position that everyone (except them) is dishonest and up to something or is just plain stupid. We need to be watched over by this benevolent government. They alone know what’s best for us and need to keep us on the right track. Freedom is not even on their radar screen. In addition, we who are the stupid and crooked have to ante up the money to pay for this wonderful, benevolent oversight!People who believe in evolution seem unwilling to let the survival of the fittest principle operate. Maybe they subconsciously know they couldn’t make it in open competition.Petty regulations are often enacted for two reasons. The first is to raise money by licenses and other fees. This allows them to grow their department. The second reason is closely tied, and is control or power. Self importance is based on their budget, salary and ability to boss other people around.Most of these agencies, such as the Health Department, OSHA and Water Quality Control, came into being out of necessity but keep growing beyond necessity just for the preceding reasons. Planning departments, government schools, Social Services and others seem to have no limits. Homeowners’ associations can be among the most petty as pseudo-government organizations. “Your boat is too tall.” “I can see your air conditioner.” “I don’t like the color of your trim.” “Your fence is the wrong material.” – Good grief!Maybe the whole thing grew out of lawsuits. Having a law, no matter how trivial, certainly creates the opportunity for legal action, which mostly benefits the lawyers. Come to think of it, isn’t it a conflict of interest to have lawyers make laws? The one new law I would favor would be a law forbidding lawyers from enacting laws. It’s sort of like the foxes running the chicken house. Maybe we really are chickens.Is speech really free? Do we really have freedom of religion? Do educational options really exist? Did you get to vote on all these petty regulations that you have to live under or pay for? Is it really government “of the people, by the people and for the people”, or is it the other way around? What is freedom, really?As Alexis de Tocqueville (1840) suggested, we are “reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which this government is the shepherd.”Freedom or FranceI guess the politicians,Are proud of what they’ve done.But I’m not sure I like,What our valley has become.They think that Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and Target,Add up to quality of life.That larger government agencies,Will somehow reduce the strife.But I can tell you this one thing,That taxes will increase.And they will never ever find,That place where taxes cease.The nanny state will grow and grow,They’ll suck away your blood.The less you have, the more they need,To feed the Socialism flood.If you can’t handle freedom,Then move away to France.If the choice is self-reliance,I’ll dare to take the chance.I’d rather have my freedom,Though hardship’s on my plate.I’ll prove to you what I am worth,But maybe it’s too late.- Ross L TalbottMarch 10, 2006


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