In this week’s podcast:
Bureaucracies, at every level, place a drag on society, how infuriating it can be to be forced to ask permission for what would otherwise be a very benign activity.
Nikos shares his tales of woe from Greece – both in country as a lad, and quite recently in dealing with the Greek Embassy. Maddening, frustrating, horrid – and sadly not all that different from American Bureaucracy. This is our future?
Jim shares the story of a Wyoming farmer who had the audacity to put in a stock pond, on his own land, with all the required permits. The EPA comes along afterwards, decides they don’t like it, and now the man is headed towards bankruptcy due to the excessive fines. And he has very little legal recourse. Then he reminds us, this has all been predicted:
After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd
— Alexis de Tocqueville
Leslie found that Marco Rubio introduced a proposal to reduce the cost of federal regulations. First you’ll be surprised at just how costly these regulations are, but it’s good to know that there is some work being done to slow or stop THIS outrageous aspect of Federal Leviathan. And…there’s some bipartisanship on this effort as well. It just needs to get more attention.
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We used these articles to aid in our research for this week’s episode, please check them out for yourself!
- Man vs EPA: Uinta County man faces $75k in daily fines for his pond/li>
- Del. Morrissey fined for failing to get wetlands permit – NBC12.com – Richmond, VA News
- Mike Lee: Obama’s ‘Unelected Bureaucrats’ Wrote 80,000 Pages of Rules in 2013
- Marco Rubio’s Important New Proposal For Containing The Costs Of Federal Regulation
About the show:
Every Thursday, 9pm Central, join us for an hour of Conservative Discussion with real people from real places in America, NOT DC and NOT the Media. CU Talks is the one hour weekly program from
The Conservative Union, largest conservative community on Google Plus. We focus on political news of the week, as it matters to you, and with an optimistic spin.
About the hosts:
- James Pisano (The Chief) lives in California, is currently active duty in the Coast Guard, and drives a Prius – not because he’s afraid of global warming, but because it made sense for him to purchase it – FREE MARKET, YEAH!
- Nikolaos Dimopoulos (Nikos) was born in Greece, got here as soon as he could
, will be a US Citizen eligible to vote in 2016, and is the American Dream personified.
- Leslie P is a native Texan and a redhead, she’ll cut you.
We may or may not all be armed.