It no longer comes as a shock to me that as soon as something goes wrong that some media people immediately calls for more Government oversight or more Action by the Government and best one of all, more Government regulation.

This egg recall is a perfect example of that.  Millions of eggs are being recalled because the are tainted with salmonella.  Not that is a small thing, but easily taken care of by cooking the eggs thoroughly.  But still there are those screaming that the Government should do more to ensure the safety of the people.

My question is why?  Can anyone here tell me when the last massive recall was for eggs?  Guess what, don’t feel alone because either could Google.  Seems there isn’t a significant recall in memory for tainted eggs.  But as this Administration likes to say never lets a crisis go to waste.

Truth of the matter is that the Government cannot save us from everything, no matter how many laws, regulations or enforcement they impose.  All they do is cost all of us something.  Either money in extra taxes, extra cost in the product, individual liberty or paying for more layers of Government people it cost us and makes us no safer.

But for some reason we seem to feel that IF the Government would only act quickly then everything will be alright.  This the Government knows and that’s why the jump into things without thinking about it,  A knee-jerk reaction.  Stimulus, Bailouts and Health Care all quickly written and pushed and hurried through the Congress.  No you say?  Then how come there wasn’t time for anyone to read any of these bills before they were passed?

Jefferson said “Delay is preferable to error“.  Health Care is going to cost us money according to the CBO now, not save us money, the Stimulus despite claims by the VP was a waste of money and it looks as if we will not see a large return on the bailout loans.  In fact we may not see much of any more of a return from GM.

And I would be remiss if I where to not mention that 1.  Many of us were opposed to all of the above.  2.  None of the above is actually Constitutional.  But we sit back often and believe that if the Government would only do something quickly, everything would turn out all right for us.  Here’s a blues clue for you, they are passing things less for us, than for their next reelection bid.


Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people. Th. Jefferson


11 Responses to “Knee-Jerk”

  1. capmotion Says:

    Of course, the “let’s enforce what we have” philosophy espoused by Jeff [and quietly held by many] still begs the fundamental question – what is the authority for the government to have awarded itself that enforcement power. As chas cogently notes, virtually all of such central government imposed oversight and regulation is utterly unconstitutional.

  2. Eileen Says:

    a flood of change is coming

  3. Frank C Says:

    Too many people feel Government is the answer to everything. I hope the electorate comes to its senses in November and gives people who have real world experience to replace the fools there now.

    • chas Says:

      Regrettably more often than not because of the system we have put in place we get to replace incompetent fools with more of the same party choice incompetent fools.


  4. carolynro Says:

    Two words: Nanny State. Government cannot prevent all ills. I guess that was more than two words. Shit happens….now those are two words

    • chas Says:

      I don’t understand why people don’t see that this waste is their money being wasted. Maybe the light is beginning to shine but I’m afraid we still have a long way to go.


  5. Jeff Says:

    Chas, if the current regulations and safty requirements would be inforced, there would have been no egg problem and no oil spill problem. Also, you are most correct in saying that people think that the government can fix anything all the time. Most people in the higher tiers of government today are idiots who have been appointed by even bigger idiots because they do not know what needs to be done.

    • chas Says:

      No argument from me my friend. But the Governments answer to everything is always we must have more, not enforce what we have. Merely enforcing what is there would indicate they aren’t doing the job. Oh wait, they aren’t.


    • capmotion Says:

      Of course, one of the fundamental questions is whether there should be such regulations from on high, and not whether they should be better enforced. As chas cogently observes, most of the stuff the central government “regulates” finds no support in the Constitution, and only those things enumerated in the Constitution can be done by the central government. The question here is not enforcement, but usurpation, but so long as the people keep demanding and expecting, and implicitly authorizing, nanny-stateism, we will continue to be operating contra-constitutionally. I have several times sworn to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, and there are far, far more domestic enemies than foreign.

    • chas Says:

      As the old Pogo cartoon goes; “We have met the enemy and they are us”.


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