Friday Fun-ness

File this under ‘So absurdly sad it’s funny’.

This text-to-speech animation (which I don’t normally like, but this one is instructive) shows what it is like to try to start a small business in San Francisco. If you doubt it’s accuracy, please note this video was produced by the San Francisco planning department.

Another day, another way for the left to dash your dreams and aspirations.

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6 Responses to Friday Fun-ness

  1. Justin says:

    Ridiculous. I’m not sure I can relate to the type of mentality it takes in order to come up with that maze of nonsense.

  2. Bettawrekonize says:

    I agree Justin, the government has gone out of control with so many rules and regulations. and that video is probably a simplification of the problem, our laws would take way too long for anyone to study even if they spent an entire lifetime doing so. Just way way too many laws, that’s why we have corporate entities and law firms that hire multiple lawyers, each specializing in a different field of law. and of course, according to the government, the solution is … more laws!!!

  3. Bettawrekonize says:

    “It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?” – James Madison

    http://centanium.com/2010/07/too-many-laws-too-many-changes.html

  4. Bettawrekonize says:

    A great article relevant to this post was just posted on Techdirt, I think you would find it very interesting.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120220/05090417813/economist-notices-that-us-is-getting-buried-under-costly-useless-over-regulation.shtml

    It quotes the economist, here are some relevant quotes that it quotes but the whole article is worth reading.

    “The Economist has an article more or less mocking the US for pretending to be all about small government free markets, while really being buried in pointless, confusing and unnecessary regulations: ” (This quote From Techdirt)

    “But red tape in America is no laughing matter. The problem is not the rules that are self-evidently absurd. It is the ones that sound reasonable on their own but impose a huge burden collectively. … Two forces make American laws too complex. One is hubris. Many lawmakers seem to believe that they can lay down rules to govern every eventuality. Examples range from the merely annoying (eg, a proposed code for nurseries in Colorado that specifies how many crayons each box must contain) to the delusional (eg, the conceit of Dodd-Frank that you can anticipate and ban every nasty trick financiers will dream up in the future). Far from preventing abuses, complexity creates loopholes that the shrewd can abuse with impunity.

    The other force that makes American laws complex is lobbying. The government’s drive to micromanage so many activities creates a huge incentive for interest groups to push for special favours. When a bill is hundreds of pages long, it is not hard for congressmen to slip in clauses that benefit their chums and campaign donors. The health-care bill included tons of favours for the pushy. Congress’s last, failed attempt to regulate greenhouse gases was even worse. ” (This quote from economist)

    Excellent.

    Make no mistake, while I’m a free market capitalist, I do believe in some exceptions. I don’t mind the government funding education to some extent and I absolutely believe the government should regulate the environment, as free market capitalism has little good means of doing so. However, the fact of the matter is that much of everything ends up getting politicized in favor of special interests and not the public or environmental interests.

    “Complexity costs money. Sarbanes-Oxley, a law aimed at preventing Enron-style frauds, has made it so difficult to list shares on an American stockmarket that firms increasingly look elsewhere or stay private.”

    I completely agree, anti-trust laws serve to stifle competition in these arenas, which end up serving the exact opposite purpose of their alleged intent. Our current anti – trust laws get misued and abused to go after Google for no good reason while leaving patent trolls like Intellectual ventures (and copy’right’ trolls like Righthaven), the sort of entities that these laws should target, virtually untouched. They get abused and misused and they end up harming competition instead of helping it.

  5. Bettawrekonize says:

    Oh, and the end of that last quote is also worth mentioning here, due to its relevance and importance.

    “America’s share of initial public offerings fell from 67% in 2002 (when Sarbox passed) to 16% last year, despite some benign tweaks to the law. A study for the Small Business Administration, a government body, found that regulations in general add $10,585 in costs per employee. It’s a wonder the jobless rate isn’t even higher than it is. ”

    Exactly.

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