We don’t need more laws

Glenn Harlan Reynolds
USA Today

…When Congress passes a law, it is pretty much always either limiting someone’s freedom or spending taxpayer money. Sometimes those are good things: The civil rights laws of the 1960s took away the freedom to engage in racial discrimination, and the spending of World War II and the Cold War defeated the evils of Nazism and Communism.

But most congressional action doesn’t rise to that level, and much of it — things like pork-barrel projects or bills that protect special interests from competition — is a net loss. Even worse, once legislation is enacted, it becomes very difficult to repeal. That’s too bad. Bills that are passed generally limit freedom or spend money; repealing laws generally expands freedom and saves money.

What’s more, the accumulation of laws creates a drag on both prosperity and freedom…



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