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Rick Perry’s Sweeping Plan for Government Reform

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 9: 52 AM

Perry’s plan for the reform of government, Uproot and Overhaul Washington,  is the sort of stuff he revealed in Fed Up! and his campaign is perking up as a result.

Democrat unmanned drone Steny Hoyer accuses Perry of pandering to the Tea Party to which Perry says, “Thanks, brother.”

Aside from the specific proposals of the plan it would be great if Perry would also pledge to adopt a philosophy as President along the lines of the following.

Before any Federal law or administrative agency regulation will be supported by the President or allowed to be promulgated, the following three questions must all be answered in the affirmative, (i.e., a negative response to any one of them stops all  further action at the Federal level):

1)  Is this something that should be done?

2) Is this something that government should do?  (i.e., should it be left to the private sector?)

3) Is this something that the Federal government should do?   (or is it the exclusive province of state governments?)

If three “yes” answers cannot be given with a rational explanation as to why the Federal government should be acting in this area, along with an analysis of exactly which of the 22 Federal government powers enumerated in the Constitution authorizes it, then all further action at the Federal level should cease forthwith.

That sort of approach would immediately get rid of the Department of Education, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of …., Energy!

It would get rid of a lot of other things as well, such as the light bulb ban, the low-volume-multiple-flush toilet mandate, Federally mandated flow restricters in your shower head preventing you from getting the shampoo out of your hair, a whole bunch of Federal gun laws and regulations, and much more.  The scope and size of the Federal government would be dramatically reduced overnight, along with Federal corruption, at least if you subscribe to the theory that government corruption is a function of the size and scope of government.  The bigger, meaner, nastier the wolf at the door the more incentive people have to bribe the wolf.

This approach would eliminate the Federal government’s war on drugs everywhere except at the border.  If we return to the days when each state made its own criminal drug laws the 50 state laboratories would likely find a solution to the illicit drug problem that would reduce drug use without turning the country into a police state.  We could go on and on and on.

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