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One Opinion: Jumping through hoops

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Elaine Kolodziej is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or
July 22, 2015 | 1,128 views | Post a comment

As we live and breathe, there is a rule for every breath we take.

Government regulates the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the noise we make. It tells us when we can fill out tanks with gasoline and what kind of fuel to use.

The EPA is anxious to expand its reach into the San Antonio area, including Wilson County, with more restrictive controls over the air we breathe.

We all want clean air, of course, but as with so many onerous government regulations, the restrictions are often more about a power-hungry bureaucracy than about helping citizens.

Government over-reach comes in many forms. One was the paranoia over a recent measles outbreak. Always referred to as a “potentially deadly virus,” deaths among a healthy population are actually quite rare.

Still, there is a concerted effort to make measles vaccinations mandatory for all. It’s strange, but often the very folks who say that a woman’s body should be off limits to outside intrusion, are the ones who want to dictate exactly what will be administered to our bodies.

What are other ways the government is micro-managing our lives? How about telling us what kind of light bulbs are legal to use and what kind of toilets we need. They tell us when to water our grass, what size sodas we can drink, what wildlife can be harvested and when, even when it is on our own property.

All these laws are passed with the best of intentions, but they become so complicated that it’s almost impossible not to be in violation of some law somewhere. And often these laws have the opposite of their intended effect.

Like the water-saving toilets that often require a second flush in order to do the job. Or the administration’s new rule that will require new dishwashers to use only 3.1 gallons of water. This is to conserve water and save the environment. Never mind that your dishes may come out with all sorts of gunk still on them.

Do we even wonder why productivity in the United States is going down? ... “See that hoop? ... JUMP THROUGH THAT HOOP!”
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