Wednesday, October 29, 2008
HBLer David Hayes recently went to the Law Library of the Library of Congress to do some research on the scope of government regulations -- with ruler and camera in hand:
The Code of Federal Regulation (abbreviated CFR) is the collection of regulations passed by Federal agencies in the United States.Be sure to stop by for photos and measurements. Hayes then tackles the United States Code, the laws actually passed by Congress.
Viewers of a John Stossel television program on the ABC broadcast network on October 17, 2008, saw Stossel demonstrate that the pages in a single title, when removed from the binding and then attached end to end, rolled out the whole length of a football field and then halfway back again. (Read story, view video) The present web page demonstrates just how much shelf space the regulations occupy when the pages are in their binding and on shelves.
The CFR is spread across ten shelves at the Library of Congress. ...
All told, the USC of year 2000 occupies 73 inches of shelf lineage. ... When the laws of the United States were codified as the United States Code in 1925, all of the titles combined occupied a single volume.The next time someone tries to pull a Greenspan, remember these pictures. We are a far cry from capitalism.
More on This from Reisman
In a lengthy post, economist George Reisman provides even more evidence that we do not live under capitalism. As a recent commenter pointed out, he has one of the best quotes regarding the
It seems that so long as anyone manages to move or even breathe without being under the control of the government, laissez faire allegedly continues to exist, which serves to make necessary yet still more government controls.Indeed.
A Nation of Obama, Not Laws?
A friend recently told me about this 2001 video (edited transcript) of Obama, a law professor, denigrating our Constitution for not prescribing "what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf."
Obama may soon be sworn to uphold the Constitution, but here he is -- through ignorance of the nature of individual rights or treachery -- decrying it as a "charter of negative liberties". Too bad that the only way for the government to help one man (aside from defending his individual rights) is to violate the individual rights -- that is, to harm -- another.
Meanwhile, Myrhaf gives us a preview of what life may be like under an Obama regime:
The most benevolent and revered One has been embarrassed recently by Joe the Plumber and the broadcast journalist Barbara West. Both people had the poor judgment to ask Obama or Biden tough questions. Now Joe the Plumber and Barbara West's husband are being investigated. This is what life under Obama will be -- anyone who does not toe the line will find himself subject to intimidation and character smears.I would add only that past history has already shown us that his supporters had better hope it is convenient for him to pretend to be grateful.
Today: Added link to David Hayes. (HT: Bill Brown)