Rules, Rules, Rules and, More Rules. Enough Already!

Don’t you get tired of it? There seems to be no aspect of our lives that the government doesn’t have a law or regulation telling us what we can and cn not do. Well, one Mr. Jack Rudd is proposing a rule with which I could happily live. He calls it The Reverse Pelosi Rule :

Nancy  Pelosi famously declared, “We must vote for (Obamacare) to find out what’s in  it.”

With  so many federal departments and agencies running off the rails from scandals and  from utter arrogance by their public servants, and in view of our astoundingly  large government debt, I propose  the reverse of the Pelosi rule, as  follows:

“We  have to eliminate agencies and departments to find out whether we need  them.”

I like the way this guy thinks.

If  we are unsure whether a given agency or department is doing more harm than good,  or if there is a question whether it is needed at all, then simply disband it,  fire all of its employees, and then find out whether it is  actually needed.

Take note if and how much private citizens  complain about the absence of government.   If necessary, then restart  (with all new people) whatever small part of the department’s functionality is  necessary to address their specific concerns.   After a decent  interval, whatever does not get restarted in this way automatically loses all of  its enabling authority, and all of its past regulations become  defunct.

Maybe we could extend the Reverse Pelosi Rule to all laws and Executive Orders, too.  Imagine waking up each morning to see what agency, law, or EO had been eliminated and waiting to see the fall out. A bit chaotic, to be sure, but it would be entertaining. I wonder if Mr. Rudd would be willing to run for president? He’d have my vote.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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21 thoughts on “Rules, Rules, Rules and, More Rules. Enough Already!

  1. I like it! If you took away all the busybody agencies and their rules my guess is that they would not be missed. In fact, people might wake up and say, “Hey… what’s this weird feeling? This feels like… Why… I think it’s freedom! Nice.”

  2. It would be a great first step. We did without many of the cabinets and agencies for most of the life of the Republic.

  3. We are breaking laws that we have no idea we are breaking, i.e. read some John Stossel. There are laws on the books that we are not even aware of and people who are tried and convicted of things they had no idea they had transgressed.

    Yes! do away with some of these agencies and let people find out how much easier life would be without them!

  4. I think that would be a good guideline to go by. Start eliminating agencies and see what happens. It should be easy to figure out which ones we really need and which ones are draining the American taxpayer dry.

  5. That’s a brilliant idea. Lamentably, the power of the (completely unnecessary) federal employee unions would stop it before it could be assigned to a subcommittee.

  6. It’s a good idea in theory, but I don’t see it working very well, it would be very chaotic. Mind you perhaps that’s what’s needed as attempts to reign in some of these bloated and arrogant bureaucracies seems too much already.

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