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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.