This upsets Rep. Joe Barton (R) Texas, who fumed, "Americans are fed up with government intrusion," although his proposal to repeal a law about power-wasting light bulbs was soundly defeated. Barton is over 60 but claims he was a Tea Party pooper before there was a Tea Party. To him, regulating light bulbs means the "the federal government has crept deep into our lives."
Regulations (except those controlling our most intimate acts) are upsetting Republicans again. They fought regulations in the Bush years, stripping agencies of budgets and personnel so that banks and their "sub-prime" mortgages could run amok and bring down the country. Now they're at it again. Can they really believe that left alone, people and corporations act in the best interests of society? Murphy's Law, and its extensions say, NO!
—If a tax has a loophole, people will crawl through it.
—If there's a way to cheat, there will be cheaters.
—If there a way to break a law, it will be broken.
—If a crime can be imagined, it will be committed.
—Any lie will be believed.
—Any idea, no matter how irrational, will seem rational, even brilliant to some.
—Any theory will find people who embrace it.
—Start a religion and it will attract followers.
—Claim to be God, and you will attract worshippers.
` Abraham Lincoln said, "You can fool some of the people all of the time." These people give every political party its "base."
` He also said, "And you can fool all of the people some of the time," giving rogues, rascals and charlatans plenty of opportunity.
So, if "you can't fool all of the people all of the time," you don't need to.