California’s big-government madness, drowning in a sea of laws

Posted by: Phineas on February 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

**Posted by Phineas

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I ran across an item today in the Los Angeles Times that just floored me. The article was discussing a proposed new tax on sodas to fight the “obesity crisis” (insert eye-roll as needed). See if you can spot what caught my attention:

A proposal to tax sweetened soda in California has renewed debate over the state’s role in preventing obesity among its residents.

State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced legislation that would levy a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, including sodas, as part of an effort to fight obesity among young people.

The money paid by beverage distributors under SB 622 would go to a Children’s Health Promotion Fund to pay for a statewide childhood obesity prevention program. “This bill will combat the obesity crisis and ensure that our children– and future generations of Californians– are not doomed to a shorter life expectancy and can instead live longer, healthier lives,” Monning said.

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The Monning bill was one of 2,189 bills introduced by state lawmakers by Friday’s deadline for this year,…

Okay, so maybe I helped you a bit there.

California’s elected legislators oligarchs have proposed two thousand one hundred eighty-nine new laws or amendments to existing laws.

Keep in mind that the legislature has 120 members in total, so, on a per-capita basis, each legislator has introduced more than 18 proposed laws. I have a hard time imagining us needing more than 18 new laws in total, let alone 18 x 120.

This is one of the unintended consequences of passing Proposition 1A in 1966, by which we created a full-time legislature, one that has the longest session of any in the nation, by the way. Legislators feel they have to have something on the resume to show the voters and to justify that $95,000 per year salary, and what better way to do it than write a bunch of laws? That’s what “professional lawmakers” do, isn’t it?

Again, eye-roll. No government anywhere, anytime needs more than 2000 new laws per year.

As far as I’m concerned, Californians back in 1966 made a tremendous mistake for which we’re now paying, as the legislature is controlled by a bunch of progressive full-time nanny-staters whose only solution to any problem –even problems that aren’t their business or may not exist at all– is more government, more laws, more intrusion in our lives. And if we ever hope to restore some sanity here, returning the legislature to part-time status will have to be a big part of the solution.

PS: I’m also strongly reminded of what the Roman historian Tacitus once said:

“The more corrupt the State, the more numerous the laws.”

Wise people, those Romans.

PPS: Oh, and the soda tax is lame, too. Another piece of useless social engineering brought to us by our Coastal Overlords.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Tango says:

    Phineas, what we are witnessing are the ruling class having been emboldened by Barry’s re-election last November. We’re seeing this sort of intrusive legislative effort in states all around the nation. In the words of the immortal B.A. Baracus, these people are “on the jazz.” And you can bet hard cash it’ll get worse. I am betting you’ve lived in CA long enough to understand that these well-intentioned nanny laws (and associated taxes) never go away. Ever.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    The situation with laws nowadays has gotten to the same ridiculous point as with the ancient Hebrews where they had laws against laws, there being so many conflicting ones. Unfortunately, legislators do not see the law of diminishing returns at work here. If all the existing laws were enforced there would be no need for more. However, passing more and more laws with minimal, selective, or non-existent enforcement is as pointless as farting in a hurricane.

    There is a popular supplemental text used in law schools today entitled, “Three Felonies A Day”, in which it is demonstrated how easily a citizen can find they have unwittingly violated the law.

  3. Carlos says:

    Thanks to the buttheads fleeing your state to mine, Phineas, there are now enough Californicators in Oregon to destroy it in the same way they’ve destroyed the state they fled.

    And one of the first things they did with their new-found power was institute yearly legislative sessions.

    Heck, I would have been somewhat more comfortable if they just met each official census year called for in the Constitution! But NOOOOO! Californicators can’t stand the thought of being the only fools on the left coast, so now they are forcing us into fiscal and moral bankruptcy, too.

  4. Steph says:

    As California goes, so does the nation….and I live here! Ugh.

  5. Carlos says:

    My bet is that when Guvner Moonbeam goes to Congress with hat-in-hand to beg for billions, the excuse from the jackasses who will dump California’s irresponsibility on the rest of the nation will be that “California is too big to fail.”

    Wouldn’t be that way with a “Republican” state, but then, a “Republican” state would 1)never get into a situation like that and 2)never go hat-in-hand begging for others to take responsibility for their own screw-ups.