Ask a classroom of high-school seniors what they want to be when they grow up, and I’d say it’s a safe bet that no one will say that they want to be “a D.C. bureaucrat.”
I’d say it is also pretty certain that none of these seniors would say that what they aspire to be is a central planner, someone who could enact regulations that have the effect of doing things like from knocking a preschooler’s lemonade stand out of business or controlling how wet we are allowed to get per minute in the shower by way federally mandated flow restrictors.
All new showerhead flow rates in America, according to federal regulations, can’t be more than 2.5 gallons per minute at a water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch.
But what the planners forgot to figure is that people can alter the length of their showers. So then what happens if regulated citizens compensate for less water per minute by extending their shower times? Simple — the fix could be federal timers in the showerheads — or webcam videos that monitors can watch in order to see if everyone is rubbing and scrubbing with sufficient speediness.
I also wouldn’t expect any high-school senior to say his goal is to occupy an IRS cubicle for decades in order to slog around adding thousands of new words to an already bloated tax code.
Still, there’s no shortage of new people arriving in Washington to do just that, even though we already have too many words in the tax code, too much capital being drained to D.C. via taxes from the private sector, and too many rules, mandates, and regulations that are obstructing economic growth and job creation.
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