Chipping away at the American dream, one regulation at a time

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Chipping away at the American dream, one regulation at a time

We hear the term Amer­i­can Dream thrown around from time to time. Usu­ally it is in con­text of how one party or another is chip­ping away at it. I believe it is not just par­ties and politi­cians that do this, but regulators.

One thing about people’s how job it is to reg­u­late things, they do, from time to time, reg­u­late some­thing. Funny how that works.

What is meant by the Amer­i­can Dream?

Sim­ple, the chance to have a house, a job, some wealth, some future that is bet­ter than your past.

How is that achieved?

Simple…Work hard, add value, and sooner or later some of that value falls into your own pockets.

Some of that is done through hard work at a job for some­one else, and some­times that is by work­ing for your­self, but it is always through using labor, or intel­lect to add value to the world.

My premise is that we are slowly erod­ing the capa­bil­ity of peo­ple to do these things.

My grand­fa­ther in the 1940s lived the Amer­i­can dream by buy­ing a very small house and using his labor to add lots of square footage. It turns out he had a large num­ber of kids and needed the space. Because he couldn’t afford a large enough house he bought a small one. For a period of time he put every­one into tight quar­ters and with every wak­ing moment out­side of work he added square footage and there­fore value to the house.

He did this work himself.

Now, many times, today I hear peo­ple say “I’m build­ing a house.” The com­ment is never lit­eral. What is meant is that “I’m work­ing with a con­trac­tor who hired a bunch of peo­ple to build a house and I write a check.”

Well, why aren’t peo­ple buy­ing the wood and nails like my grand­fa­ther did? Is it lack of desire? Is it not enough time? Lack of knowhow?

I say it isn’t any of those things. It is local build­ing reg­u­la­tions. If you want to build some­thing larger than a dog­house in some local­i­ties the num­ber of per­mits needed is crazy. The require­ments to get those per­mits is also nutty. You must use a licensed this, a bonded that.

Ok, how about this. I’m a guy who owns some dirt, I want to build a house for my wife and kids. If it sucks it is my prob­lem. But nooooo we can’t do it that way. We per­mit peo­ple want­ing to do the work them­selves right out of the equation.

We rob peo­ple of the chance to add value to their own prop­erty. We rob them of the abil­ity to cre­ate a home. You can buy it but you can’t build it.

That state­ment I think sums it up. You can buy the Amer­i­can dream but build­ing it is being slowly eroded.

I know this is but one exam­ple, but I could name fifty other reg­u­la­tions that get in the way of peo­ple using their own labor to add value to things with­out the government’s ok. There­fore I do firmly believe that what we have now is a sit­u­a­tion where both par­ties, along with reg­u­la­tors, are rob­bing us of the Amer­i­can dream one line of red tape laden reg­u­la­tion doc­u­ments at a time.

I hope we find our­selves in a sit­u­a­tion where peo­ple are more free to chase the Amer­i­can dream and not just leave that dream to peo­ple who can pur­chase it.

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We hear the term American Dream thrown around from time to time. Usually it is in context of how one party or another is chipping away at it. I believe it is not just parties and politicians that do this, but regulators.

One thing about people’s how job it is to regulate things, they do, from time to time, regulate something. Funny how that works.

What is meant by the American Dream?

Simple, the chance to have a house, a job, some wealth, some future that is better than your past.

How is that achieved?

Simple…Work hard, add value, and sooner or later some of that value falls into your own pockets.

Some of that is done through hard work at a job for someone else, and sometimes that is by working for yourself, but it is always through using labor, or intellect to add value to the world.

My premise is that we are slowly eroding the capability of people to do these things.

My grandfather in the 1940s lived the American dream by buying a very small house and using his labor to add lots of square footage. It turns out he had a large number of kids and needed the space. Because he couldn’t afford a large enough house he bought a small one. For a period of time he put everyone into tight quarters and with every waking moment outside of work he added square footage and therefore value to the house.

He did this work himself.

Now, many times, today I hear people say “I’m building a house.” The comment is never literal. What is meant is that “I’m working with a contractor who hired a bunch of people to build a house and I write a check.”

Well, why aren’t people buying the wood and nails like my grandfather did?  Is it lack of desire? Is it not enough time? Lack of knowhow?

I say it isn’t any of those things. It is local building regulations. If you want to build something larger than a doghouse in some localities the number of permits needed is crazy. The requirements to get those permits is also nutty. You must use a licensed this, a bonded that.

Ok, how about this. I’m a guy who owns some dirt, I want to build a house for my wife and kids. If it sucks it is my problem. But nooooo we can’t do it that way. We permit people wanting to do the work themselves right out of the equation.

We rob people of the chance to add value to their own property. We rob them of the ability to create a home. You can buy it but you can’t build it.

That statement I think sums it up.  You can buy the American dream but building it is being slowly eroded.

I know this is but one example, but I could name fifty other regulations that get in the way of people using their own labor to add value to things without the government’s ok.  Therefore I do firmly believe that what we have now is a situation where both parties, along with regulators, are robbing us of the American dream one line of red tape laden regulation documents at a time.

I hope we find ourselves in a situation where people are more free to chase the American dream and not just leave that dream to people who can purchase it.

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If you want journalism owned by you instead of the left elites I would ask you to hit DaTipJar and help me pay for it.

My goal for 2015 is Twenty Two grand

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That gets all the bills paid. (including my writers like Fausta)  If I can get to Forty Thousand I can afford to travel outside of New England and/or hire me a blogger to help me get it done.

Consider Subscribing 100 Subscribers at $20 a month will get the job done.

 

Our May Premium for a tip jar hitters of $50 or more is Tim Imholt’s book: The Forest of Assassins

Subscribe at $50 or more in and receive each monthly premium shipped the date of your payment.

All Tip Jar hits in May of $10 or more will get a copy of Jeff Trapani’s excellent E-Book Victor the Monster Frankenstein.