Friday, May 07, 2010

Exceeding Legitimate Function

A good post at American Thinker says we have become a nation of law breakers. The author points to the page after page of regulations and requirements in federal law, specifically the tax code and the new health care law:

For instance, the health care bill will make hoop-jumpers out of all of us. As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. Only after the health care bill passed did we find out how diabolical it is. All Nancy Pelosi did was pull off the biggest con in history, with no small assist from the Fourth Estate. According to the bill, if we do not purchase health insurance, then we have broken the law. Unlike auto insurance, we can choose not to drive. However, if we breathe, we must get health insurance.

There are countless potential violations also included for both provider and insuree. The bill is so monstrously large and convoluted that there is no way the average American can keep track of what is involved, except to follow the recommendation and direction of the federal government -- exactly what the bill is designed to do.

But we should have known this was coming. Government has been chiseling at cultural institutions a little at a time, and recently in big chunks, in order to gain power. Another example is the IRS. The tax code has countless thousands of pages which we are responsible for, again under penalty of law and imprisonment. Its job is to make the tax law as confusing as possible for a purpose -- not only to maximize revenue, but also to make examples of whoever they pick and choose.

Even farmers know what it is like. The reporting requirements required by the Agriculture Department require almost a full-time employee to make sense of it all. Along with the debacle of the '70s, when the Agriculture Department encouraged farmers to leverage their own land, the paperwork requirements helped drive out the family farmer. "Get big or get out" was the motto, and they made it impossible for the family farmer to stay in.

The word "metastasize" is used by the author to describe greed and lust for power. This is an appropriate term, but I would expand the description to include the unchecked growth of government. Like metastatic cancer, government will spring up in new places and at unexpected times where previously healthy tissue had been functioning normally. Like metastatic cancer, government growth must be removed or forced into remission if the body is to remain healthy. A body can only function for so long with cancer - if not treated effectively, the cancer eventually diverts all of the body's resources to feed itself, or it makes normal function as a system impossible. At that point, the body dies.

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