Rule of Law

Suzann Darnall

"We're going to not tolerate any red tape. We're not going to tolerate any bureaucracy. "
- Barack Obama, 31 October 2012

Cutting the red tape of regulation. Smaller, smarter, simpler government.
- two primary points from Mitt Romney's plan for governance

While it would seemingly appear that there is finally something Barack Obama and Mitt Romney agree on, it is actually something they fundamentally disagree on! Obama pretty much only advocates cutting red tape and limiting bureaucracy as regards the disaster of Storm Sandy. Romney, on the other hand, believes in cutting red tape and limiting government as a way to improve our economy and return our freedoms.

Rules, regulations, laws, and bureaucracies have grown at a hog wild rate in our country. We now have rules that contradict one another; regulations that cannot be adhered to because current technology has not kept pace with requirements, and laws that are unenforceable for any number of reasons.

Case in point, here in my home county, there is a law on the books requiring that all dogs have a license. But, you cannot buy a county dog license. Why not? 'Cause the do not sell a county dog license. Again, why not? 'Cause they decided it is impossible to enforce a law about every dog having a county dog license, so they do not even sell the county dog license. HUH???

This is just a teeny-tiny little example of the stupidity of regulation that has become so totally unwieldy that it cannot begin to be enforced. We have tax laws that not even the IRS, tax lawyers, or accountants can comprehend adequately. We have ObamaCare, an encyclopedia of healthcare regulation that we were told we had to pass it to find out what was in it, and now that it is passed we still do not know all of the ramifications. And, the list goes on, and on, and . . .

Obama's presidency has been all about adding more regulation, adding more government, and taking away more freedom. Four more years of Obama would simply be four more years of the same, maybe at an even faster rate than the past four. I do not think America can survive four more years of Obama and his czars adding endless laws to the list of how they plan on ruling our lives. Obama and his administration give a whole new meaning to the term "ruling class." They want to absolutely control every little aspect of our lives: personal, social, economic, business, health, religion, etc. They want us to fit into their little boxes and not make any trouble. Just be good little boys and girls and live by their rules.

Mitt Romney believes in freedom. He believes in freedom of religion, free enterprise, and the free choices each citizen should make for themselves. He does not believe in running people's lives. He does not believe government knows better than citizens.

I don't know about you, but I think a lot of this coming election is about freedom. To a great extent about freedom from red tape. Red tape that would come between patient and doctor. Red tape that would stifle more businesses and cause the loss of more jobs. Red tape that would cost American taxpayers more money to pay for more bureaucracies to monitor the rules, regulation, and laws that make up all that red tape. And, naturally, if you need more bureaucracies, you need more taxes, so you need a bigger IRS, already one of the scariest red tape bureaucracies our government has ever created. I somehow don't think this is the game plan I want for the next four years.

If even Obama sees the necessity for suspending the red tape of bureaucracy to resolve the attendant problems with a disaster like Storm Sandy, what does that say about needing to suspend the red tape that has turned America's economy into no less of a disaster? I cannot believe that red tape ever makes it easier to do business or get on with life. And, what hinders in a crisis must logically hinder in day to day life. If it ain't good one day, why would it be good the next?

So, I hope y'all join me in supporting Mitt Romney for President. I think he will cut through the red tape as if he were cutting a ceremonial ribbon on America's grand re-opening for business! Let's get America back to work, by putting Mitt Romney to work as our president. I think he will expand our economy and shrink our government, both of which will result in more money in our pockets!

© Suzann C. Darnall, NOVEMBER 2012, San Marcos, Texas

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