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Party of No, maybe they are on to something

October 30, 2010

The Crime of Living | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty.

We have too many laws in America.  I will give stats in a moment, just bear with me.  We have laws and regulations for anything you can imagine.  Yet, the main complaint from the left, and some on the right, about the tea party is, they don’t have specifics about what legislation they would pass to fix all these problems they complain about.  That’s correct, but does that make the tea party’s message invalid?

If the tea party is against big government, how is that purpose served by making more laws?  The United States has been around for 234 years, and in that time we have racked up an enormous amount of federal laws and regulations, add in the states and it is even more ridiculous.  From the above article:

From 2000 to 2007 Congress added 452 new federal crimes to the 4,450 already in effect and the roughly 300,000 regulations that can be enforced criminally.

Note, the article says criminally.  It does not include what civil regulations there are.  The fact is, I don’t think anyone actually knows how many laws we have in the United State.  Now think about that for a second.  How are we, as citizens of the United States, supposed to follow the law, when the government is so big it doesn’t even know how many laws we have to follow?

For poops and giggles, I did a little fun searching (you should try it) at the Government Accountability Office’s web-site on the Federal Register, that is the regulations that everyone must live under that are passed by congress, the executive legislation is in a different book.  The current database contains 28,186 documents for a total of 49,501,529 words.

Thinking about opening an aquarium?  That word shows up 59 times in 41 documents.  How about selling cigarettes, or hell, just smoking them.  228 times, 63 documents.  You get the idea.

I can not stress enough, this is just legislative branch regulations at the federal level.  This does not include all the regulations from all the czars, and bureaus and executive orders, and then do it again for your state, then again for your county.  We live in a country where it is statistically impossible to live your whole life without actually breaking the law. (prove I am wrong, learned that trick from Pelosi)

So tea party candidates can’t answer the supposedly easy question about what legislation they would pass if elected, I think it says more about our government than it does about them.  Looking at how many laws we have, plus how many more progressives want to pass, I think being the Party of No is just about right.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2010 5:21 pm

    May I humbly suggest that it should be required that for every 1 new law entered by a senator or congressman, then 25 old laws need to be expunged before a new law can be approved. Dare anyone actually take the 5 lifetimes to read through all the existing laws enacted by our congress?

    • October 30, 2010 9:08 pm

      Hey thanks for the comment. That is an awesome suggestion. Can I add a caveat? The new law must be no longer than the longest of the 25 laws. Would have stopped obamacare from being passed hands down.

  2. October 31, 2010 12:03 am

    Great post Fleece! We have way to many federal laws on the books. The first step in reducing the size of government is to reduce its reach. The government’s reach is through its laws.

    • October 31, 2010 12:46 am

      Thanks. You know, I was watching an Eric Cantor (R-VA) ad today, and in it, a citizen said something to the effect of, “I like Eric Cantor, he gives us more freedom.” It is that mentality that is ruining our country. Now, was he scripted to say that, or was that off the cuff? If he was scripted, then what the hell Eric?!? You don’t give freedom to anyone, if anything, you might possibly stop the government from taking it from us. If he said it off the cuff, well he obviously is misguided about our country.

      Say what you want (not you John, but the general you) about Glenn Beck, but there is one important thing he is doing for his viewers. He is waking us up to something most of us have fundamentally forgotten, or never learned. That our rights and freedoms are ours to begin with, anything government does restricts them, unlike the Cantor ad which asserts it is the other way around.

      • JustFacts permalink
        October 31, 2010 6:11 pm

        Just remember, “Freedom ain’t Free!!!!!”

  3. LD Jackson permalink
    October 31, 2010 7:34 am

    When you stop to think about it, why do we have so many laws and regulations in this country? What is the purpose of regulating how someone opens an aquarium, save one? John mentioned it in his comment, ie. the government’s reach is in it’s laws. It seems that our government has taken on a life of it’s own, wanting more and more power, and passing more and more laws and regulations to make sure they obtain that power. Maybe the party of no is just what we need the Tea Party to be.

    Great post, Colin.

    • October 31, 2010 9:49 am

      Thank you so much.

      I think the main problem is how we as a public judge the effectiveness of our “lawmakers”; by what laws they make. So they get to congress, and the expectation they have is, “I better start making some laws or my constituency will think I am just chilling out and making a paycheck up here.” Of course, none of them feel it necessary to have a weekly, or monthly, or bi-monthly, dialog with their constituents to explain what their goals in the congress are. If someone runs on the platform of trimming down our laws, and then frequently and constantly tells his constituency, “I didn’t vote for bills x,y and z for these reasons, primarily of which is they are just extra laws that we don’t need, etc.” then I think his constituency would be rather satisfied with that. Unfortunately, they live in the rarefied air of Washington and only speak to us when they want our vote.


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