Paul L. Caron

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 885

IRS Logo 2John Stossel, Candidates Should be Screaming About Regulations:

I’m upset that the presidential candidates, all of them, rarely mention a huge problem: the quiet cancer that kills opportunity — regulation. The accumulated burden of it is the reason America is stuck in the slowest economic recovery since the Depression.

I understand why candidates don’t talk about it:  Regulation is boring. But it’s important.

The founders of this republic were willing to die rather than be subject to other people’s rules. Today we are so accustomed to bureaucracy that we’ve forgotten what it means to be free.

We now have a million rules — many so complex that even legal specialists can’t understand them. Yet bureaucrats keep writing more. ...

Since we don’t know all the rules, we’re never quite sure if we’re breaking any. Better to keep your head down.

And sometimes the rule-makers really are out to get you. Nixon used the IRS against political enemies. So did Obama IRS appointee Lois Lerner.

It’s time for Americans to fight back. As Gen. Douglas MacArthur said, “You are remembered by the rules you break.”

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Forrest: Please refresh my memory on the date public employees surrendered their First Amendment rights.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Oct 11, 2015 7:50:30 PM

Congress needs to pass a law prohibiting the Federal agencies from generating new regulations and requiring them to get rid of 10% of their regulations each year for 10 years.

Posted by: Bittman | Oct 11, 2015 2:34:43 PM

We are not stuck in a slow recovery because of over-regulation. We are in a slower-than-normal recovery because we are attempting to use austerity economics during a recovery.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Oct 11, 2015 11:56:23 AM

It's far past time to end the partisan left IRS, and a host of our other corrupt bureaucracies. A first step would be to outright ban the radical leftist public employee unions.

Posted by: Forrest | Oct 11, 2015 9:49:23 AM