Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 14 August 2012

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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"Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it."

Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)

A man of many hats, Will Rogers was best known for his humorous, and sometimes caustic, quips and one liners.

He did a little bit of everything, giving him a broad experience and circumspect view of life.  From being a gaucho, to Vaudevillian, movie actor and radio broadcaster, for decades he entertained with his personality and style.

Never one to back away from a controversial statement, even though he backed FDR and the New Deal (which was really Hoover's old deal wrapped up in more money), Rogers was not shy.

"Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for."

"Lord, the money we do spend on government and it's not one bit better than the government we got for one-third the money twenty years ago."

Humor is best when it contains truth.  Do things really run in spite of gubment?

Certainly those statments all contain truth! 

Is a degree of gubment regulation necessary?  Sure, but what kind and how much before it becomes so expensive it ends up stultifying motivation and/or economic activity?

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has a report called "The Tip of The Costberg," in which they calculate that $1.086 trillion of the $3.6 trillion budget was spent on the cost of compliance of federal-agency written regulation in JUST THE FIRST HALF OF THIS FISCAL YEAR!  So, in their calculations, the cost to our economy in just regulatory compliance equals the federal budget.

WOULD YOU CONSIDER THAT A BIT HIGH?  WOULD YOU CONSIDER THAT A BIT STULTIFYING OF MOTIVATION AND/OR ECONOMIC ACTIVITY?

The hallmark, the defining criterion of bureaucracy, is that it has to grow to sustain itself.  It becomes further and further compartmentalized, with each office, and officer, growing in "importance" and overseeing control.

Are we not now at the point made by Mr. Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence when he wrote, as one of the many complaints to a tyrannical king:  "He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance..." ?

No matter who the next president is, he will inherit a real mess.  Some would say an intentional mess.

And eliminating a huge portion of regulation demanding expensive compliance has to be eliminated or we will drown not only in debt, which "financial cliff" appears certain to come, but in compliance to silly, self-important and bloated offices and officers IN TRIPLICATE!



 

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Rainmaker
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Lisa Von Domek
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Good morning Jay,

So true it is frightening, well said Mr. Rogers!

August 14, 2012 04:25 AM
Rainmaker
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Raymond E. Camp
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
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Good morning Jay,

I have to agree; it is too bad they don't make elected officials read all the existing laws before they enact another.

Makr yourself a great day.

August 14, 2012 04:30 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

He had a way with words Lisa.  And, as I said, his words don't register unless there is truth to them.

Raymond - they don't read any of them, apparently!  They just vote as they are told to vote!

August 14, 2012 04:32 AM
Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper
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Well said, Jay.  Raymond has a great idea.  What if no bill was passed until every member of Congress read it?  We might actually recover.  If you don't mind, I'll send your post over to Facebook.

August 14, 2012 04:39 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
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Hello Jay, What our government needs is a huge diet. Eliminate some offices, reduce politicians, cut spending and trim programs. If we don't do something drastic, we will drown in our own fat.

August 14, 2012 04:49 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

I don't mind Mike, but I no say nothing!

Debbie - if that diet doesn't come we will drown in our problems and make Greece look like a pahtee.

August 14, 2012 05:05 AM
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Randy Ostrander
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
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Good morning Jay. Will Rogers was a brilliant man and had a great grasp on things. Time for a big change in November.

August 14, 2012 07:59 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
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He was quite the all-around dude, Randy!  He seems to have had his hand in everything.

August 14, 2012 10:05 AM
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John Mulkey
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Jay - Government seems to begat more government . . . and sadly, politicians seem to believe that more is better, and that if we just get enough government we can solve all our problems. 

August 14, 2012 10:59 AM
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Jay Markanich
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That is the nature of bureaucracy John.  The three largest employers in the world are gubment agencies.  Number three is the British health care system and their population is how much compared to ours?

August 14, 2012 12:59 PM
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Steven Cook
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Jay -- Will was a great philosopher, as well as comedian ....   If we could get Congress (and the state legislatures) to have to revoke two laws for each one they pass for the next 10 years, we might be able to make some headway.

August 14, 2012 01:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

That would be an excellent start Steven, especially if the laws voted down have to do with spending.

August 14, 2012 01:11 PM
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I, for one, consider this way too high of cost Jay. 

Was there a time when government help business?

August 15, 2012 12:37 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Tom - of course the gubment produces nothing and has to utilize business services to get things done.  Probably the most advantageous gubment program was Eisenhower's interstate highway program, which returned more than a dollar for every dollar spent.  But when gubment makes it so difficult for business to operate, or causes such a degree of cost, it is not helpful. 

Some would say such incredibly strangling regulation is intentional.  Regulation was one of the three things that Lenin said a controlling gubment should do to bring down capitalism. 

Does our gubment seek more or less control?

August 15, 2012 02:23 AM
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Steve Hoffacker
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Jay,

For the past several years we certainly seen that to be true. :)

Steve

August 15, 2012 11:08 PM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

He hit the nail on the head Steve.  I think anyway!

August 15, 2012 11:27 PM
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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Ditto Mike - Let Them Read the Legislation FIRST and then make them LIVE by the legislation once it is enacted!

August 16, 2012 08:11 AM
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Steve Hoffacker
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Jay,

Congratulations. This post is now featured in "Celebrating Free Enterprise." :)

Steve

August 16, 2012 09:49 PM
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