There Oughtn’t To Be A Law

One way to get America back on track is an idea as complex as it is simple–revoke all legislation enacted into law by the United States Congress since, say, 1963. A radical plan, perhaps, and to be fair, I suppose there might be one or two mandates hiding in that gigantic pile of waste paper that might, accidentally and under certain circumstances, be useful to somebody somewhere, but then you could probably say the same about the contents of any other rat-infested public dump. To ensure even more effectiveness, the eradication might be made retroactive to 1913 when the 16th Amendment was ratified, the federal income tax was subsequently re-imposed for the first time since the War Between The States (an earlier attempt by the government to resume the robbery of its citizens was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1895), and the Federal Reserve System was voted into existence.

As its critics predicted when the amendment was passed in 1913, the income tax has become “a terror and torment to the honest citizen.” It is absurdly complicated, inefficient and intrusive. Overzealous bureaucrats and politicians frequently abuse it.

The income tax has another major fault: It undermines the Constitution’s arrangements for limiting government. The Internal Revenue Service simply has no proper place in our constitutional system.  (Repeal the 16th Amendment – The Claremont Institute)

The problem, of course, is that legislators, particularly Democratic legislators, feel a compulsion to legislate, an urge so terrible, overwhelming, and incurable that they should all be tucked away in some remote treatment center  in order to ensure the on-going safety of their communities.  Where oh where, the country asks, is the amiable functionary of yore who would assume office and then do absolutely nothing while in it?  A little law, after all, goes a long way, particularly in light of the heavy-handed usurpation by modern predatory agencies like the EPA.  Some scholars who have studied the problem suggest term limits as a remedy for recidivist legislators. Others propose limitless terms behind bars.  Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, said,

“Congressmen can get away with “the type of insider trading that would send Martha Stewart to prison.”

66% of the Senate and 41% of the House of Representatives are millionaires.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Harry Reid, for example, the offspring of a laundress and a hardscrabble Nevada rock miner, reared in a home sans telephone or indoor plumbing, has spent nearly all his productive years at the public trough. Having produced nothing but endless reams of legislation in all that time, Harry is now worth around $4.6 million bucks.  Not bad for a former city attorney with no known marketable skills.  With folks like the senator from Nevada and his fellow tycoons strolling about the hallowed halls of Congress tailed by deep-pocketed lobbyists, it’s no wonder that the most recent “tax the rich” proposals are bouncing off so many deaf ears.

But we were speaking of legislation, and with the heavy boot of semi-socialized medicine, aka Obamacare, about to land (courtesy of a Democrat-controlled Congress that passed the bill without knowing what was in it) on all our heads, all of us, that is, except for our well-heeled representatives, who conveniently exempted themselves from its odious requirements, it’s time to apply the laws of the land fully and fairly.  Perhaps the millionaires on Capitol Hill would be a bit more circumspect had they to abide by the same regulations with which they encumber the rest of us.

See also: Fool(s) On The Hill (Part II) at Grumpy Opinions

Redeeming The Spirit Of 1787 at The Camp Of The Saints


About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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14 Responses to There Oughtn’t To Be A Law

  1. loopyloo305 says:

    Wonderful post Bob Mack! Unemployment would drop immediately! Just think how many people business’ would hire just to undo all the rules and regulations, and that is not even counting the ability to finally grow the way they should!

    • Bob Mack says:

      Thanks, LOOPY. Problem is, they’d probably create a new Department of Revocation, staff it with lefties, & then remove only the half-dozen or so pieces of decent legislation.

  2. We made the mistake in the beginning when we labeled those who would represent us as lawmakers. so from day one that is what they have done, make laws. The only reason things are not even worse than they are is that Congress does take some time off for vacations. maybe we should insist that they take a lot more vacation. Also, wouldn’t it have been better if all Congressmen and Senators were elected at-large instead of by parties affiliation?

    • Bob Mack says:

      Lawmakers…bah! They’re supposed to be representatives.

    • AFVET says:

      Listening to Rush today, he played a sound byte from Obama in Pittsburgh essentially saying that he is willing to bypass congress to get his jobs bill passed.
      This man will stop at nothing to establish his goals.
      To Obama, the ends justify the means.
      Bypass congress and the constitution ? no problem.
      One more year of this bastard and his administration better be enough to awaken the people of America.
      If not, God only knows where we will end up.

      • Bob Mack says:

        AFVET, it seems like they ain’t fond of the little O in the former Steel City either.

        […] Yes, the president will visit a local union hall — where else? — where he’ll convene yet another dog-and-pony-show session of his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. There, he’ll push once again for his dead-on-arrival American Jobs Act and blame everybody but his administration for his continued efforts to spend America ever deeper into debt and back to prosperity at the same time…

        …And what about the president “raking in the Wall Street dough” (as The Daily Caller puts it) while giving his nod-nod, wink-wink support to what some call the “neo-communists” of the Occupy Wall Street movement?

        In advance of today’s trip, a White House-directed form-letter campaign bombarded the local media with supposed “grassroots” support for the latest government intervention to cover the lie of the last intervention. How apropos — fake “support” for a fake “economic plan” from a fake “leader.”

        Read more: Obama in Pittsburgh: More snake oil – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

  3. Freedom, by the way says:

    Yes, as much as I sometimes resent their many vacations, I love it when they are not in session (if we could only outlaw the executive order–or do I speak in redundancies there?) I love gridlock because no new laws can get passed.

  4. Bob Mack says:

    Except for splurging on the taxpayer’s dime, FREE, that’s why I really haven’t been too upset with all the holidays taken by Obama & his frolicsome clan … we’re safer when those people are out of town. On the other hand, the African safari taken by Michelle & her ‘senior staffers’, i.e. her daughters, was kinda maddening.

  5. Angel says:

    Problem is, they’d probably create a new Department of Revocation, staff it with lefties, & then remove only the half-dozen or so pieces of decent legislation…lol aint that the truth BOB!

  6. bunkerville says:

    What is even more fearsome to consider is Obama’s election loss. We will have two plus months of who knows what he will do. He will stop at nothing.. courts, congress mean nothing to him.

  7. AFVET says:

    Maybe a subpoena for the Attorney General of the United States of America.
    Oh,…that just happened
    OB, you and Moochelle are history.
    Don’t try to steal the china on the way out of the White House.

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