Overregulation: The problem we can’t outproduce (with some words from Reagan)

Death Star.

In the period between 1950 and about 2005, Americans continuously sustained a hefty downpayment on our federal, state, and local governments’ spiraling debt, by upping our productivity, our economic output, and the scope of opportunity for everyone.

Overregulation and implied state ownership of what we produce has been a problem for us since Woodrow Wilson’s terms in office.  But until the last half-decade, the American people shouldered and outproduced greater and greater burdens of regulation and/or taxation, costly credit and inflation, and victim politics and litigation.  Operating in the conditions of relative economic and political freedom – more than most of the world, if not more than in our own past – the American people were a productivity engine unmatched in the history of man.  Spend more?  We’ll produce more.  Continue reading “Overregulation: The problem we can’t outproduce (with some words from Reagan)”

The Stupid Society Chronicles: Hunting Happy Meals

We deserve a break — now.

Q.  What do you call a society that sits still for a lawsuit to prohibit the sale of fast-food meals that include toys?

A.  Stupid.

We have become the caricature curmudgeons and common-sense libertarians warned about decades ago.  The day of mindless stupidity and standardized irresponsibility is upon us.  Our news media post headlines like this: Continue reading “The Stupid Society Chronicles: Hunting Happy Meals”

“Invertebrates aren’t sexy megafauna”: Your tax dollars at work for you

Fish tale.

Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit highlights a Powerline piece from Sunday by Steven Hayward on “demosclerosis,” which Hayward sees evidence of in the twin tales of the Keystone XL pipeline and a fallen Sequoia redwood tree in California.

For a slightly different tale of demosclerosis, see the Wall Street Journal today on “Flies and their lawyers,” which are keeping the Paiute Cutthroat Trout from “going home.”  The drama unfolds in the Sierra Nevada wilderness of California, southeast of Tahoe near the Nevada border.  In brief, the Paiute cutthroat trout (not to be confused with other varieties of cutthroat trout, like the Lahontan, for which there are also restoration projects underway) has been absent for decades from the 9-mile-long lower-creek area from which it is believed to have sprung some 10,000 years ago.  State fish and game officials introduced different varieties of trout into the lower-creek area some time back, and those trout did away with the Paiute cutthroat.

Happily, however, Continue reading ““Invertebrates aren’t sexy megafauna”: Your tax dollars at work for you”

America at the Crossroads: Who Needs Big Government?

Little Government does Big Government’s job — and with a lower profile.

Little Government will do.  In fact, it does the trick just fine.  Little ol’ bitty government, teeny-tiny government, “Who, little ol’ me?” government, Whos in Whoville government, so tiny Horton can hardly hear ‘em – it’s been getting the job done for years.  And Americans have been buying it.

The mistake the left has too often made is to try to parade banners through the street, and seek paroxysms of popular sentiment and climactic Moments of Eventhood for its agenda.  Signing ceremonies.  Watershed votes in Congress.  Campaign rallies in football stadiums with Greek column props.  Transformation!  Transformation we can all love – want, hanker after, give ourselves over to wholly.  Civilizational jumping-off points.  New Ages.

Consider environmental regulation. Continue reading “America at the Crossroads: Who Needs Big Government?”