Mark Steyn nailed one of our biggest economic problems in his column today – the tend of thousands of federal, state, and local regulations that choke out small businesses and cost us more each year than either India or Canada produce. In many places, it is practically impossible to open a small business unless you: 1) are willing to wait several months for the permits to clear, 2) have plenty of extra money around to pay off the various government agencies who require you to get their permits, and 3) agree to a blizzard of other operations rules that will likely require you to put a lawyer on retainer.
Entrepreneurship is what built America. It is, dare I say, her entire heart and soul. And it is being crushed by what Steyn calls “hyper-regulatory tyranny”. He is not wrong. It is tyranny. Unless we stop it, it will destroy the country we have and replace it with a country we do not want and will not like.
That, as much as anything, ought to be one of the GOP’s main lines of attack against the regulation-loving, totalitarian wanna-be Democrats in the coming Presidential campaign.
And now, links!
- Don’t look now, but the Department of Health and Human Services has gotten way out of control.
- What more important to the Obama administration, oil or human rights? We’re about to get the answer to that question.
- The Anchoress has launched a new Catholic-oriented group linky blog called Summa This, Summa That. It’s not all Catholicism over there, though, so do take a look.
- Who said that single-payer health care plans have death panels? Why that’s an outright fabrica…oh….right.
- Jeff Goldstein is never better than when he’s tearing into the meaning of language, especially the ways in which progressives chip away at the very underpinnings of how we converse with each other.
- Of course the economy will turn around this year. The guy who predicted the
Vote Buying ActStimulus Bill would be a rousing success has proclaimed it!
- Sad and Beautiful: the last panorama from the Mars Rover Spirit.