Thursday, June 05, 2008

Renewal

One of the things that hinders people like me from the capacity to blog regularly is perfectionism. I feel that I have to perfect every phrase, or rework every thought so that they carry the maximum effect to the reader.

Fortunately, I am also eased at mind by the fact that I haven't drawn any real readers to this blog and don't deserve to have any. I'll just work on posting what I want to post about and worry about whether my reader(s) like it when I have one(or two).

I've added to the sidebar a banner and link to an organization that has inspired me to contact my Senators and Representatives very regularly this year. DownsizeDC.org is that organization which has researched and distributed information that is compelling enough to me that I harassed Congress 45 times so far this year.

In fact, I am going to start harassing my readers with the information that I get from the Downsizer Dispatch, and my responses to Congress.

The first one that I'm posting was from June 2nd -

Subject: Real Regulation

In a true free market (something we've never had) businesses have a clear incentive to provide safety, so they won't lose customers and employees to their competitors. More importantly . . .

In a true free market businesses are legally liable for the safety of their products, services, and work-places. To limit this liability businesses seek insurance. The insurance providers then do oversight to limit their own risk of loss by making sure that products, services, and work-places, are in fact safe.

This free-market approach to safety regulation is what funds the existence -- even in our current un-free market -- of something like Underwriter's Laboratory (UL). UL tests product safety in order to protect insurers from losses. The result is increased safety for you.

The other approach to safety is one driven by top-down regulations and inspections provided by unaccountable bureaucrats and paid for with tax dollars. The problem with this system is that it greatly muddies the water as to whom is actually liable for safety failures.

If Underwriter's Laboratory makes a mistake, it pays a big price, out of its own pocket. But if, for instance, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) makes a mistake, it doesn't pay any price at all.

In the year 2000 it was discovered that . . .
  • Between 1,800 and 2,000 mechanics were falsely certified by St. George Aviation in the late 1990's.
  • Eight years later, the FAA has found and re-tested only 700 of these mechanics, and most of these received only partial tests.
  • The failure rate was 36% among those re-tested.
  • This rate suggests there may be 400 or more unqualified mechanics still working in the airline industry, and the FAA is doing almost nothing about it. Source: Cybercast News Service
When will the FAA pay a price for this failure? Probably never. As a coercion-enforced monopoly the government rarely has to pay any price for failure. Instead, the FAA may get a larger budget so, supposedly, it can do better in the future. Worse still . . .

If an airline wants to protect itself against FAA incompetence it will have to pay extra for insurance and underwriting oversight, while still submitting to the FAA's regulations and inspectors. This is a cost most airline's can't afford, so we end up with only the FAA's incompetent and unaccountable "protections."

Meanwhile, businesses have an incentive to game the system, using their political clout to gain favorable treatment from government regulators and government-imposed limits on their liability.

So-called government regulation is a fraud. We need less fake regulation by government, and more Real Regulation by the free market. DownsizeDC.org has a proposal that will give you exactly that. It's called the "Write the Laws Act" (WTLA).

  • WTLA would reduce the burden of incompetent government regulations while making businesses more accountable to their customers.
  • The WTLA strips unelected bureaucracies such as the FAA of their law-making powers, and restores to Congress the full responsibility for all rule making, in keeping with the Constitution's separation of powers.
  • Congress won't have the time or knowledge to create complicated regulations, so there will be fewer of them, and those that do exist may work better. Instead, businesses will be legally liable for their failures, and regulated by insurance underwriting.
  • This would reduce the cost you pay for ineffective government regulations, while also making you safer.
To learn more about the Write the Laws Act, click here.

And please tell Congress to introduce and pass the Write the Laws Act.

Use your personal comments to tell Congress that the FAA's mishandling of the flight mechanics testing scandal is evidence that bureaucrats are incapable of keeping the people safe. Tell them that only a free market, legal liability, and insurance underwriting, can hold businesses accountable and keep consumers safe. Tell them you have more faith in groups like Underwriters Laboratory than you do in government regulators like the FAA.

You can send your message here.


I did send my message -
Please introduce DownsizeDC.org's "Write the Laws Act." You can find a summary and the full text of the bill here: http://www.downsizedc.org/wtla_legislation.shtml

My personal comment to you:

We The People send you as representatives for ourselves and our State in Washington DC. We want you to do your job and to craft the laws of our country. Please bring this legislation forward and sponsor it so that it can reach committee.

The bill proposes that we stop allowing non-elected bureaucrats to write all the rules that are enforced selectively by the Federal government.

A body of laws that citizens CANNOT follow leads to a deterioration of the nation into lawlessness.
My main hope is that I can keep these flowing as well as provide additional posts that are at least worth skimming.

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