Reply To Nickel
Reply to Nickel (06/19/2017 12:31 PM)
We've done a pretty good job with laws, but Legislators feel like they have to do something, so they make new laws. They campaign to stay in office on them, and few point out how much duplication they created. Gobble degook....for a time, was reduced by critics, but time passes, people forget, and who has the energy to deal with it. Well timed ridicule works wonders, but it takes quite a mind and a sufficient platform.
Were it as simple as that.
Charlotte Twight came up with the term, "political transaction costs". Briefly...
Enacting a law costs time, money, energy and 'tit for tat'... combined, these are the 'political transaction costs'. "Tit for tat', refers to the daily goings on in all legislatures... you vote for my bill, I'll vote for yours or if you want my vote, you'll not object to my rider on it.
If enacting a law... usually a bill containing a shit load of riders... costs '$', attempting to remove a law costs 1,000,000 x $. And the bill you submit to repeal the law will attract riders enacting more laws.
This continues until it can't.
Ever wonder how many federal laws there are? I have. The answer is, 'we don't know'.
Seriously. Look for yourself.