Government Regulation Is Killing Business

Government Regulation Is Killing Business
Sylvia Bokor
This morning I received a letter from a businessman who had been strangled by government regulations. As he puts it, “I lost two companies due to the state’s regulators and federal regulators misconduct.”
Fed up, he moved his company to Texas where the climate is business-friendly. Many businessmen have done the same. For instance, Marita Noon Executive Director of CARE, fighting tooth and nail for the right of New Mexicans to develop their natural resources, often writes about the disastrous consequences to our state of our business people moving to Texas because of the EIB.
The attacks on our oil men, our miners, our ranchers and farmers, our retailers and wholesalers, our mom and pop stores, our independents and our chains—business people of every kind—add up to thousands. Thousands of regulations and thousands of business people are harassed by government regulations to the point of anger, frustration and emotional drain that cannot be calculated by any measure save stroke or heart attack.
It is not only the new health care law that looms over us like a vulture ready to feast on what’s left of us. American businessmen are interfered with by OSHA, by Anti-trust, by the gross receipt tax, by the unemployed labor tax, by the demand for fees, permits, and licenses, and so forth ad infinitum.
The multitudinous practices, guidelines and rules of regulatory agencies are little more than legalized extortion.
Think of the waste of time and money that government demands of those who are providing us with services and products that make our lives comfortable. Think of the emotional and intellectual drain that are forced upon the minds and souls of those who provide us with values. Values such as getting a hair cut or having your teeth cleaned. Values like going to a movie or eating out or having a pet. Values like computers or having our car serviced or buying clothing for our families without having to spend our time doing such things ourselves.
Business people do all that—plus a good deal more. And business people include employers and employees.  Remember that.  When businesspeople are attacked, it means all of us are attacked.
I wish to say it is not right, it is not just that the very men and women who work to make a profit by providing us with so many good things, that raise our standard of living and provide us with jobs are saddled with regulations that demand an unproductive use of their time. They are forced to do paperwork because of regulations. They are forced to wade through reams of pages of bureaucraeze trying to understand those regulations.
Such a waste of time and money decreases profits, which means decreased savings, which means reduced business expansion, which means a decreased number of raises that can be given and the number of jobs that can be created.
I wish to say that we must demand that regulations be repealed, that regulatory agencies be closed, and that those bureaucrats being paid a salary that businesspeople provide, be terminated.
If you want to know what the January 18 We The People Rally is all about, this is what it’s all about. For those who have not yet heard about the Rally, please allow me to elaborate:
The East Mountain Tea Party is organizing the We The People Rally for January 18, on the West Steps of the Round House in Santa Fe from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Gary Johnson, featured speaker. The purpose of the rally is to let Legislators know we are watching them and that we expect them to work for the things we have worked for these past  eighteen months: individual rights, limited government and free-markets. I have written a “Decree” (modeled on the Declaration of Independence) that attendees will be invited to sign and that will be presented to the new Governor and the Legislators.
I encourage you to send this information to every individual you know: business associate, customer, stay-at-home parent, senior retiree, student, friend and neighbor. Let us ask every New Mexican in the state to join us. Rent a bus or borrow one, car pool, ask your local community club to pitch in and join you and rent a van. Get to Santa Fe and bring the New Mexican population with you.
Christmas is right around the corner. We are all very busy. We want to be joyous and free. But I say to you that the most joyous thing, the most liberating and freest thing we can work for is to make Christmas 2011 the Christmas we celebrated knowing that 50% of our regulations are repealed, their agencies closed and those working in them let go.
Sylvia Bokor
Media & Promotion
We The People Rally

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