To Be Governed

After a tree fell into a stream and caused flooding during a winter storm, Franklin Township, N.J., was barred from pulling the tree out until it had spent 12 days and $12,000 for the permits and engineering work that a state environmental rule required for altering any natural condition in a “C-1 stream.” The “Volcker Rule,” designed to prevent banks from using federally insured deposits to speculate in securities, was shaped by five federal agencies and countless banking lobbyists into 963 “almost unintelligible” pages. In New York City, “disciplining a student potentially requires 66 separate steps, including several levels of potential appeals”; meanwhile, civil-service rules make it virtually impossible to terminate thousands of incompetent employees. Children’s lemonade stands in several states have been closed down for lack of a vendor’s license.

From a review of Philip Howard, The Rule of Nobody, in the Wall Street Journal by Stuart Taylor, Jr.

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  1. Micky says:

    That is why the rank of America in economic freedom index has dropped since 2008

  2. Bart says:

    So has been the way for US permits

  3. Trent says:

    This is beneficial to the government though, the more that permits and other items have to be filed the more they know

  4. Connor says:

    We are sleeping sheep in a government of wolves

  5. Erik says:

    without regulations many states would not have potable drinking water thanks to energy barons.

    Regulations protect us against corporations.