Drowning in Sausage-Makings

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So, somehow the other day I ended up at Thomas.loc.gov—in case anyone reading is unfamiliar with it, that’s the part of the online Library of Congress where federal legislation is warehoused (it’s named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, which I rather doubt he’d find much of an honor). The link went to an expired version of some bill, so I spent a bit of time trying to track down the current crapola. Dunno that I ever got there, though ... what I saw while wading through the muck was quite off-putting.

Drilling down from the home page, one may eventually arrive at the page listing all bills that have been introduced in Congress. In case you’re wondering, resolutions are handled separately, and are linked to from that page—something to keep in mind while pondering what’s coming next. As of this writing, 7,336 bills have been introduced in the House—3,741 in the Senate!

Some might prefer to downplay those numbers, by focusing on the fact that relatively few of them become law. And that is true, and is a goodness ... but think about this: we are already drowning in a sea of laws and regulations, from the federal level down to the local level. What has been missed that’s so vitally important? Let’s peruse a few of the House listings, shall we?

I chose the 1100s ... just cuz I had to choose someplace. Skimming the titles alone is likely enough to make even the most flag-draped patriot reconsider the ardor of his affection for the state: Promotion Responsibility for Our U.S. Aviation Act of 2007 ... Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act ... REAL ID Repeal and Identification Security Enhancement Act of 2007 ... Freedom to Fly Act of 2007 ... American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2007 ... Safe Food Act of 2007 ... No Fly, No Buy Act of 2007 ... Candidate Anti-Corruption Act ...

Moving on ... oh, to the 3200s: Federal Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2007 ... National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Commemorative Coin Act ... For the relief of Alejandro Gomez and Juan Sebastian Gomez ... Travel Promotion Act of 2008 ... Poverty Measurement Improvement Act ... Psychological Kevlar Act of 2007 ... Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Marketing Act of 2007 ... Congressional Responsibility and Accountability Act ... To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 950 West Trenton Avenue in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, as the ‘Nate DeTample Post Office Building’.

I had originally planned on listing more, because I saw some real doozies the other day, but I’ve already passed my limit for this sort of nonsense. It is sickening that so much bullshit is even being considered—and I don’t think I hit on any of the big bills that are receiving media attention. Some of this stuff is just plain stupid; other bills sound like they might be an improvement to the status quo, but really, if a previously-enacted law is so bad, why not just fucking eliminate it and stop there? And that question begs another: if these same wankers (for the most part) foisted crappy law on us once, why the hell should they be trusted to do better a second time around?

Does anyone really believe that any congressvermin sitting on any committee actually reads all the bills that come through it? How could they? No wonder each one has a swarm of aides to help him ... adding more to the bureaucratic bloat, all on our dime. I’m sure many poor Americans feel a swell of relief at the prospect of their dire straits being measured better. O’course, we could genuinely improve their situations by stopping the state’s money-go-round ... allowing them to keep more of the money they earn, giving them their time back to seek productive endeavors instead of standing in one gov line after another ... letting private charities sort out who genuinely needs help getting back on their feet from those who game the system ... but all that wouldn’t enable our mighty and glorious saviors to feel all warm inside from the good they do.

Not so long ago, I was accused of focusing too much on the income tax—which bemused me at the time, because I didn’t see my writings on agorism as doing that at all. After these two brief forays into the legislative process, however, I see that I haven’t focused on it nearly enough. Income taxes fund all this poisonous, outrageously wasteful sausage-making. The legislative process is shot through with bloat, with rent-seeking, with efforts to micro-manage individuals’ private lives and businesses’ doings, and on top of all that, with ego-soaked political machinations driving much of the process itself.

It is utter madness. And it may be foolish of me, but I wish like hell I could go back to the state of not knowing more clearly how utterly useless yet intrusive the federal government has become.

I absolutely agree with you

I absolutely agree with you except for one thing.

Income taxes did more than fund this monstrosity.

Enforcing the federal income tax made it possible.

Different rules depending on the amount of money you "earn," or if you are married, or depending on where you live?

Requiring people to swear under penalty of law?

Turning the banks and financial institutions into unpaid spies and informants?

A tax code so complicated that no one understands it?

And no one in Congress takes responsibility.

The tax law and the tax code created the framework for the the modern American State. The taxes funded it.

And the tax law is still what the FedGovs use against you when nothing else sticks.

The Camel's Nose

Interesting point you make, NeoWayland.

It really is true, isn't it, that the money derived from the income tax is perhaps the smallest portion of gain for the government. Much greater is the awesome power it allows them to wield. Not only the power, but the sense of subservience it engenders in "the subjects."

- NonE

*nods* It's a bit of a flash

*nods*

It's a bit of a flash point with me.

You are presumed guilty until you are found innocent, and under existing law and regulation you won't even know if you are under investigation until one day your bank account is frozen.

Then it's a completely separate court system and the rules of evidence do not apply.

Your only hope is to bend over and do pretty much what the nice tax guy says.

You might say I have issues.

Touché!

Spot on, NeoWayland—I appreciate you making that clear.

Go!

Go read Cities and the Wealth of Nations. It'll cheer you up. ;-)

Or at the very least just think about how magically fast the Berlin Wall went from being something to being something totally opposite within the span of hours, days at most. I was in a thrift shop a few days ago and there in the "special stuff" glass cabinet was a plastic bag with a piece of the Berlin wall in it along with notes documenting who got it and when and all that. Your sausage will similarly be enshrined one day. Perhaps one day SOON!

That's the cool thing about Chaos Theory. You realize that things are not linear as our brains like to think they are.

- NonE

My brain ... linear?

When? ;-)

I would probably benefit from reading some Adam Smith ... but you should see the stacks of books already awaiting my attention! And that doesn’t reveal all the documents tucked on my hard drive ... There simply is not enough time to read all I’d like, even if I let everything but the basic necessities of living fall away.

Wirkman's Challenge

He's trying to get people to join him in reading and discussing Adam Smith's, The Theory of Moral Sentiments. I'm game, if you and NonEntity are.

Moral

I have that book. I actually opened it up and started to read it a while back, but, alas, it got waylaid in an eddy in the steam of life. Perhaps a discussion would be good for focusing me on it. But then, like cats, I don't herd well. ;-)

I must say, as a sorta related idea, that years ago I read a compendium of Henry Hazlitt's works called "The Wisdom of Henry Hazlitt," and the thing that really stood out for me, from all of his discussion about economic ideas, was morality. I saw that economics, free economic action, is the most moral of behaviors. It's like someone picked up the wrong book by mistake and thought that the bible was the guide to morality, when in fact, the REAL direct line on moral life was in the study of economics.

- NonE

I just saw that myself.

And despite having a lot of other obs pressing on me, I’ll join in. It’s probably the best way for me to accomplish it.

Hah!

She puts down MY book recommendation, but jumps right on this OTHER one! Does this have anything to do with payback for attempting to not get suckered into becoming a chocoholic again? Huh? ;-)

- NonE

My book pile grows exponentially. By the time I die it should surpass the Sears tower at least. (Bumper Sticker: So many pedestrians, so little time!)

Payback?

Why ever should I hold a grudge against you? You only declined my invitation to send you some chocolates, and then highly praised some manufactured goop (yes, Lindt is high quality chocolate, but it’s still machine-processed goop) right here.

Actually, what it has to do with are these two facts: 1] the other book is available online; and 2] reading it with others, and being expected to contribute to a conversation on it will help me stay focused. Much as I adore you, you’re something of an antifocuser for me.

Focus on Chocolates

Much as I adore you, you’re something of an antifocuser for me.

You should have to be ME!

Sorry about the chocolate thing. It was one of those impulse things. I haven't had any candy since going on my water fast, and haven't even wanted any. I don't even find myself drawn to the cookie aisle in the grocery store anymore. But then, out of the corner of my eye... there it was, CHILI ... and CHOCOLATE. A combination that I'd never consciously heard of before. Well, I'm just a sucker for new ideas. And so there you have it.

And now I find out about Inca Gold! And boy am I pleased that my faux pas has driven people to buy some of your wonderful hand-made, love-filled goodies in retribution. I hope you benefit from more retribution aimed at me. Here's to retribution! ;-)

Say... where's the link? I wanted to make "Inca Gold" live, but then... the link is gone!!! Did the herd of moose trample it, or what?

- NonE

[edited by NonE ... HAH! I found the link, and attached it.]

That's 'cause she likes me

That's 'cause she likes me better than you. Neener, neener. ;p
And you really should buy some chocolate from her - she knows her stuff.

Truth.

He is my favoritest Happy Curmudgeon.

;-D

<blush>

Awwww, shucks.

So much to read...

Somebody really needs to work on a solution for this dilemma. At the present rate - and I read VERY fast - I'll have to live to be approximately 300 years old just to finish reading KNOWN material, books, web sites, etc. regarding my four or five major areas of interest. Then there's all the writing I have planned to do, cataloging the many thousands of recipes I've collected, building and cataloging my wild plant samples... the list is endless. And that doesn't include all the places I want to visit, people I want to meet, new things I want to learn...

Come to think of it, 238 years more is probably not nearly enough! (If I could just get a fresh body every 80 years or so, it would be a BIG help. :)

So much to read, see, do, feel, think, write... so little time.

But I'm up for this discussion too, if you want... (grin)

Now I know...

... why Heinlein's Lazarus Long lived so long. It was so that he could read everything he wanted to. :)

Dune

In the Dune novels, there were these philosophers who had the title of "Cogitor". They had given up their bodies and were just brains in solution, and their lives - if left in peace - were infinitely long. They had the choice of taking their own life if they so chose, and did so when they felt that they were done learning everything they wanted to learn. They could read every single book in the universe if they deemed it an interesting occupation. Or they could ponder the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

I suppose you could be Cogitor Liberty! :)

In "solution?"

Ah, thanks, but I don't think that's quite going to cut it. In addition to reading and learning, I also love to shoot all my guns, ride, hunt, hike, garden and about a million other things that require the rest of my body.

I'd still need the new body every once in a while so I could do the rest of the things I love.

Failing that, I'll read and do what I can and lay it all down when the old body won't function anymore.

Man truly cannot live by words alone. :) Or at least this woman can't. :)*

Shore enuf!

I sure do miss canyon carving at insane speeds on my motorcycle... MAN do I miss that! Oh well.

Reminds me of a joke by a comedian psychologist on a brand new "long playing" (not a 78 R.P.M.!) record (my parents had when I was small): He talks about how everyone says, "Boy I don't ever want to get old like that. I hope someone will put me out of my misery before I get to be 80! ... And you'll feel just like that - until you're 79."

But I still miss the motorcycle rides scraping my pegs and pumping my adrenaline. Whew!

- NonE

Me too

Well, it seems you're screwed then. ;)

Not to worry - I am too.