Barbed Wire by Doug Cooper: Competing for prey
With the Internal Revenue Service getting to rule over taxes and health care, and the Environmental Protection Agency expanding to regulate all power generation for climate change and also trying to gain control of the waters of the United States (WOTUS), there does not seem to be much left for the smaller agencies of government to do. Government agencies seem to have a biology of sorts where they reproduce and fight for survival like living creatures. Now we seem to be entering an age of bureaucratic dinosaurs more massive than any seen before.
In South America, scientists recently dug up a real dinosaur that they estimate to have weighed 64 tons. Such a creature would be a tadpole in comparison to the EPA. I looked up the map of Wyoming that EPA produced to show the additional streams and drainages that would be added to WOTUS. It would have been simpler to have drawn a rectangle, labeled it as Wyoming and then write that everything inside the square was now part of WOTUS and subject to regulation by EPA.
Our country has been on a track of ever expanding federal regulations for many years. Federal agencies have always wanted more and usually got what they wanted. Now as they approach controlling everything, I wonder what will happen when there is no easy way to grow. The climax stage of regulation has not been studied. A business faced with market saturation might turn to finding greater efficiency in order to boost profits. I can’t imagine a massive bureaucracy becoming more efficient because it just isn’t the nature of the beast. A bloated wasteful government leviathon is not going to easily evolve into an efficient, well run organization. They will obviously have to find another way to survive.
Its seems that once federal agencies regulate everyone and everything that the only future for them is some sort of cannibalism. You can’t have more predators than prey for very long. The agencies will be in competition with each other now if they want to continue to grow. EPA Administer, Gina McCarthy, has already said that the great thing about the proposed restrictions on CO2 emissions is that its not about pollution control, its about investment in renewables and clean energy. If I were at the Commerce Department, I would be very concerned. When EPA starts talking like regulations are an investment opportunity for business, then maybe EPA is intending to take over their turf.
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