pass thousands of regulations to "keep people safer" and "make the
marketplace more fair." Today 170,000 pages of federal regulations are
on the books. Break just one rule, and government may wreck your life.
So Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson started a "Victims of Government" website that features victims of overregulation.
Nevada bureaucrats tell people who teach movie make-up that they must get an expensive license or close.
has two empty rooms in his house now that his kids moved out. Using
sites like Roomorama, he could make a little money and rent the rooms
out. But two years ago, New York passed a law that makes most of what
apartment rental sites do illegal. Stossel debates Liz Kreuger, who
sponsored that bill.
Is there any hope for the little
guy? Authors of "Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers",
Edward Lopez and Wayne Leighton, point out that deregulation did happen
once. Americans pay much less to fly and to ship something because the
CAB and ICC no longer exist. And we have cell phones because the FCC
finally allowed spectrum auction. They say the only time things change
is when the right people, the right ideas and the right circumstances
all come together to repeal the bureaucrats rules.