The P.A.

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President of St. Louis Community Credit Union

Please Stop The Needless Regulation!

On November 28th, 2011, posted in: Uncategorized by 2 Comments

If you’ve logged on to this blog more than once or twice over the last few years, you’ve noted my disdain for unnecessary regulation.  You’ve also noted that my reasoning for such angst is rooted in a pretty simple premise: the unintended consequence of our government officials attempting to help us (when help isn’t needed) usually equates to increased costs to the consumer.  Two costs are the result:  Hard costs come directly from the consumers’ wallet; and soft costs come in the adverse effect on the quality of life for the community in which we live.  Honestly, sometimes government regulation is a solution in search of a problem.

Here we go again.  Senator Mary Landreieu of Louisiana has decided to help out consumers by introducing legislation that prohibits charges on bags when you fly.  How loud can I say this in writing: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  With all that’s going on in our country, this is on the top of a priority list?  UGH!  By the way, what the heck happened to switching airlines?  When did our lawmakers forget two things:  1) businesses are in the business to make money; and 2) consumers are the greatest of all legislators – we can go somewhere else when we’re not happy.

The airlines are “licking their chops.”   They will like nothing better than taking what is a well-disclosed fee per bag and burying it in the costs of a ticket where suddenly the $25 it costs for your luggage can become something more, let’s say $29.33, and you have no idea.  Remember Senator Richard Durbin’s attempt to help consumers with his interchange legislation?  Please stop helping us – it’s killing us!

In a small township in New Jersey, there is a soup kitchen.  Yeah, it is what you think.  They are serving hundreds per day who are out of money and luck.  It’s organized by churches, restaurants, corporate sponsors and volunteers from nearly 36 local congregations.  Pretty simple formula…if you show up around noon, you get a hot meal.  This “no questions asked” program hasn’t missed a day in 26 years.  Power outages and snowstorms are a mere inconvenience to this loving initiative.  God bless them and their efforts.  Sadly, we need more of these, not less.

Forget utility companies and acts of God.  Now comes the real challenge.  The local government ruled it a “retail” food establishment according to New Jersey law.  This will cost at least $150,000 per year because being “retail” will result, in part, in a prohibition on food donated by people who prepared it at their home.  So Mrs. Totellini’s lasagna is no more; so is Mrs. O’Laughlin’s apple pie; and God forbid Mrs. Washington’s homemade meat loaf might be served to a hungry patron down on his luck.  Even the aprons and gloves used in the kitchen can’t come from home.  What’s next, leave your smiles there too?

Please stop the needless regulation.  Mother Teresa’s orphanage in New Delhi would have been shut down based on our government regulation.  They offered care and great love, but couldn’t have passed inspection.  Lord, help us!

2 Responses to “Please Stop The Needless Regulation!”

  • JSchroth says:

    “The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble…” – Mark Twain

  • Tim says:

    Ron Reagan didn't have it all right but he had quite a few things figured out about politicians and government.Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
    Ronald ReaganThe best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
    Ronald Reagan The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. Ronald ReaganThe nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' Ronald Reagan

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