Propose one, repeal one

Russ Steele

Jeff Ackerman the Union Publisher/Editors has an interesting column this morning on lack of Freedom in California and excessive law making in Sacramento: 725 new laws just a few hundred too many.

Ackerman’s column seems to have caused the former Union editor to choke on his breakfast here.

Ackerman did not mention State Senator Doug LaMalfa repeal a law project, which I wrote about here.

Ackerman’s solution to the problem:

The solution? Forget the notion of a part-time Legislature. It’s too late for that and, besides, who would hire them? What we ought to do is limit the number of bills each lawmaker can propose each year. “You each get two shots,” we should tell them. “Pick your two most important issues and put your name on them (lawmakers don’t actually have to sign their own bills).

In reality we already have too many laws on the books, I would like to modify Jeff’s proposal. If the law maker proposes a bill he, or she, has to propose  repealing a useless law that has proven to be costly, ineffective, or without legal merit (read wrong).  It is a one for one trade.  We need to get those useless laws off the books. A lawmakers merit should be calculated not by the number of new laws they put on the books, but the number of laws removed from the books.

Your thoughts?

 

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

8 Responses to Propose one, repeal one

  1. RL Crabb says:

    JP prefers that we all stay on a short leash. Otherwise we’ll be chasing every dog whistle in the county. Woof.

  2. Are there “useless” laws? Not according to the lawmakers on the left.

  3. RL Crabb says:

    Poor Jeff. The Board of Supes just rejected his favorite bugaboo, phony racism, by a unanimous vote. Once again, the hick residents of Nevada County have embarrassed him and his ongoing efforts to remake the county in his image.

  4. RL Crabb says:

    In his latest column, Mr. P. accuses me of a “cheap shot” for the above entry, even though he couldn’t help but note that the news service ran the Negro Creek story next to a story about a church in Kentucky that banned interracial marriages and opines that it is not the kind of publicity we need. Never mind that all five supes recieved overwhelming support from the community to retain the current name. Ever since he started his blog he’s been taking potshots at our crude rural ways.

    He seems to think that the Tea Party is the greatest hinderance to our economic development, but has no problem with the onslaught of legislation that virtually every news service in the country reports on daily. The mainstream media (including his own Cnet) is full of bad press about the state that appears to be run by crazy people.

    • Welcome abpard the train. The elitist JP and his minions just can’t get into pone, cornpone so he has his tantrums. He was taking taxpayer money last month and praising the Supes, now they are a bunch of racists. What a hoot!

  5. RL Crabb says:

    Yes, it’s too bad the only alternative is the totally ineffective California Republican party, whose master plan is to wait until the state collapses so they can pick up the pieces. Gee, I can’t wait.

    As for JP, well, at least he didn’t threaten me like he did the last time we disagreed.

  6. The Republican Party here is its own worst enemy and I totally agree with you believe it or not! When I was the Chairman of the Central Committee, I attended the state bi-annual conventions and we county chairmen were treated as if we were simply an annoyance. We banded together to try and get things done but were shuffled out of the room by the “big boys”. I don’t have much use for some of them and that is why I am what I consider a populist conservative.

  7. RL Crabb says:

    If Jeff doesn’t think our state politics is a national joke, maybe he ought to post this one…

    http://www.sacbee.com/2011/12/07/4104880/the-buzz-california's-direct-democracy.html

    I’m not holding my breath.

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