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I Want Back Into Government

Read Peter’s post from last night on the vibrant economic prospects for the South (courtesy of my Orange County Register colleague, Joel Kotkin) and Tim Groseclose’s post of this morning on the complacency of California as Texas tries to pry jobs and citizens from the Golden State (since Tim put the post up, Governor Jerry Brown has referred to Texas’s efforts as “barely a fart” — our governor, ladies and gentlemen), and you’ll understand why this California resident who spends a lot of his time in Tennessee is considering flipping the equation.

Further persuasion comes from this story in today’s edition of Nashville’s major daily newspaper, The Tennessean:

Two Middle Tennessee lawmakers hope to use the government to slash the size of government.

State Rep. Glen Casada and state Sen. Jack Johnson, both Franklin Republicans, have filed a bill that would create an Office of the Repealer, whose job would be to identify potentially unnecessary rules and regulations. The repealer would offer recommendations to the governor, the state legislature and the secretary of state.

“We’re using bureaucracy to cut bureaucracy,” Casada said. “We’re using government against itself.”

House Bill 500, filed Thursday, calls for adding the repealer’s position to the secretary of state’s office. If the bill were to pass the legislature and be signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam, the repealer would be asked to find state law and rules that are “unreasonable, unduly burdensome, duplicative, contradictory or unnecessary.”

The repealer would make nonbinding recommendations to the secretary of state and the legislature every three months and to the governor once a year.

I never though I’d say this after leaving Washington, but I’m ready for government work again. I’ve already begun readying the machete that I will place on my desk.

  1. Douglas

    I can see both the benefit of this and how it could be abused horribly should Democrats get ahold of the office. 

  2. Whiskey Sam

    You could run on a ticket with John Yoo, but I’m afraid when people hear “Yoo-Senik” they’re going to think they’re being accused of being too negative.

  3. Butters

    interesting idea

  4. Paladin

    Robert A Heinlein was all over this back in 1966. From The Moon is a Harsh Mistress: 

    “I note one proposal to make this Congress a two-house body. Excellent — the more impediments to legislation the better. But, instead of following tradition, I suggest one house of legislators, another whose single duty is to repeal laws.”

  5. Jimmy Carter

    This is admission that the government is “unreasonable, unduly burdensome, duplicative, contradictory [and] unnecessary.”

    If the government would just stop….

  6. Songwriter

    Glen Casada, who is my Congressman, is nothing if not uber-conservative. He is considered to be the Devil himself by certain liberals. High praise, indeed.

  7. Paul DeRocco

    Back in the eighties, the idea of a nuclear “build-down” was popular, which would allow something like one new nuke to be built for every two old nukes decommissioned. I’d like to see a constitutional amendment requiring a legislative build-down, allowing one new page of laws for every two repealed.

  8. Cutlass

    And then we have states run by cowardly traitors like John Kasich.

  9. Chris Campion

    Brown’s remarks came during an appearance at a UPS distribution center to celebrate the deployment of a fleet of all-electric vehicles.

    “It’s small, but it’s important,” Brown said. “Climate change is not waiting. Pollution doesn’t wait. So we can’t wait, either.”

    Ha hahaha haha HA HA HA HA!  Ahem.

    I really hope the always-classy Jerry Brown lives long enough to watch what he thinks California was burn, and slide into the ocean, under a sea of debt and statist dysfunction.

    “Climate change is not waiting”.  Well, neither am I, in terms of waiting for Jerry Brown not to be a complete and utter moron.

  10. WI Con

    I kinda like ‘The Repealer’ – sounds like a conservative Superhero.

  11. Anne R. Pierce
    C

    All the best in this endeavor, Troy! A Ricochetti in government means more limited government.

  12. Guy Incognito

    From what I know of history, it does not bode well for the idea of “fighting bureaucracy with bureaucracy”.  You usually just get more bureaucracy, but then you usually get more bureaucracy no matter what you do.

  13. Copperfield

    Good post, Troy. Thanks. As (what my Southern wife calls) a naturalized Southerner who migrated to TN over 20 years ago from MI, married a Southern girl, and went to grad school at Vandy, I wholeheartedly agree with your and Peter’s salient observations (links). There’s just so much common sense and a richer civic life here in the South. I love my dear Michigan and their Governor Snyder seems to be instituting some long-overdue, common sense reforms, but it just seems dreary and moribund whenever I visit. God love the South, Lord knows I do… Now if we could just find some way to have a little more snow in the winter and a little less heat in the summer!

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