One of the highest priorities of the new Congress is to bring
relief to a wide range of society from burdensome, costly and
inefficient regulations that intrude into our lives - both on the
job and in every aspect of our personal lives.
Politicians of both parties are embracing the "less government
is better" theme. Certainly, for more than 40 years, Congress has
passed law after law that has resulted in a proliferation of
federal and state agencies, thousands of regulations and tens of
thousands of regulators.
In the rush to reduce the number of the more burdensome,
nonproductive agencies, laws, regulations and regulators, we need
to keep in mind that these laws are the result of perceived needs
and, in most cases, real needs. Environmental issues, white-collar
crime, labor union corruption, sexual and racial discrimination are
examples where needed corrections would not have taken place
without laws and regulations in place.
At best, the regulatory systems are inefficient and costly; at
worst, they are ineffective and punish responsible citizens while
not meeting the needs for which the law was passed.
The only way to have a government with minimum intrusion and
control is for each segment of our society to take steps to solve
and correct problems before it becomes necessary for government
action. Each has the responsibility to "clean up its own act."
There are any number of ways to do this in a legal, ethical
way: trade association criteria that establish and demand high
standards of conduct for members; union rules that are strictly
enforced; more use of external oversight mechanisms; vigorous use
of an audit system; and a continuing effort to identify and solve
Unfortunately, every segment of our society has its share of
Neanderthals, renegades and outlaws. These people create the
problems that lead to the unwanted laws and the bloated government
bureaucracy that swallows all of our freedoms. The most effective
way to deal with most of the bad actions is by the organization of
their peers. A substantial number of problems can be resolved
before the necessity for government action. There will always be
unethical and evil people, but they become easier to identify and
punish when operating in an atmosphere of high standards.
History teaches us that failure to take pro-active steps to
change a situation has brought on sometimes punitive, always costly
and mostly incompetent government control to correct the problem. …