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Monday, October 25, 2010

Blessed are the Unregulated

More here and here:

When the voter followed up by asking, “Who’s protecting us?” [GOP House candidate Jesse] Kelly responded, “It’s our job to protect ourselves.” The exasperated voter asked once more, “Am I supposed to go to a chicken farmer and say I’d like you to close down because all of your birds are half dead?” Kelly once more answered, “There’s a new thing that comes along every day. But I know this: Every part of our economy that is regulated by the government doesn’t have fewer disasters, it has more.”

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  1. Unfortunately, the only way for asshats like Kelly to learn the value of safety standards is for one of his own family members to die from bad food.

    Of course, I do not wish this on him or his loved ones, I only note that karma has a way of being a really big bitch.

  2. The more regulated an industry, the worse they get? A classic example of this would be professional sports, which would be so much better without those pesky socialist umpires and referees...elitist rules mongers!

  3. Brother.. what an abdication of civic responsibility.

    'Tough shit if the corporations end run what reasonable laws we author.'

    Frankly, it seems more like they don't want to bother policing these industries.

    They can throw plenty of people in overcrowded jails for considerably smaller infractions, but the fat cats who blatantly break reasonable laws and guidelines are left alone because they are the captains of the economy.

    Maybe the real solution is to breed a whole new culture of entrepreneurs, ones who know how to run a business, who know their specific niche very well, and who know how to work with government regulations instead of bitching about them all the time. All American government would have to do would be to ensure a fair market opportunity for them by watching to see that the fat cats don't try to crush competition unfairly.

    Given this guy's wishy-washiness, that might be a real stretch.

  4. Ahhh, so that's why Washington D.C. and Wall Street are the only places in the US where payrolls are swelling!

    For the record, does a $700 billion bailout for rich corporate stooges count as "deregulation" or being "unregulated"? IMO, subsidies should be considered the opposite of deregulation, but I could be wrong.

  5. In a Democracy, the people get the government they deserve - Alexis de Tocqueville

    What scares me is not that there is a dumb-arse on a soapbox ranting about regulation. Nutjobs have been around since day 1. What scares me is this lunatic is in a political race he probably has a chance of winning.

  6. BC, Sir!

    I'd prefer to cut Americans a bit of slack on 'the government they deserve' because they are operating from a disadvantaged position: for all their efforts to get going and modernize their social assumptions, they're forever entwined in the poetic constitutional folderol of some near three centuries.

    The messages of a nation's constitution are supposed to evolve constantly, mirroring the maturation of its people. The shades and subtleties should reflect modern sensibilities; an unevolving constitution, even with all the amending bandages (freedom of speech is an amendment?!) makes for too much confusion (...what those Founding Fathers REALLY meant was...).

  7. Hmm.... I see where you're coming from, JV.
    If I understand correctly, I agree - the constitution is a baseline. There is nothing stopping Americans from exceeding it. One could argue it is technically the minimum to work up from, rather than the maximum to strip everything down to.
    Still, it would appear that in the game of twister to interpret a 300 year old document, many people have managed to permanently contort and disfigure themselves. They have kind of lost sight of simple reason & rationality. If those people, who vote, have calculated that food safety = Government interference, then that funny-named foreigner's statement stands.

  8. If those people, who vote, have calculated that food safety = Government interference, then that funny-named foreigner's statement stands.

    ... yup ...

  9. Too bad this cocksucker is neck-in-neck with the Democratic candidate.

    Indeed, a mind reels.

  10. JV, in regards to jailing for minor infraction vs fat cats, it gas ever been thus.

    As the saying goes: Steal a little and they call you thief. Steal a lot and they call you King.


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