Overregulation will be the death of us.


As a news guy I remember doing stories on small businesses complaining about overregulation but I never understood.

Now that I am a small businessman I get it.

I don’t want to get into specific’s right now because I’m trying to figure out what to do but a “regulation” has come to mind that threatens a segment of my business.

I understand the reason for the regulation but to require me to follow this rule takes a huge chunk out of my budget and makes it questionable whether I can continue to offer the service.

We are a country founded on the backs of small businesses and yet what seem like little rules to the political types often times mean big expenses to the small businessperson.

Our regulation almost forces us to work for bigger companies because they are the only ones who have the financial backing to adhere to all the regulations. I know what some of you are thinking, yes regulations are killing them too but they have a tad bit more backing than the small guys.

In a way I’m glad this is happening. My eyes are wide open to the ridiculousness of overregulation. As times get more difficult people who pay for and vote for those who seem to worship regulation will get smarter. We will come to a place where we won’t play the game any longer.

Hard times wake people up. Difficult economies can be a cure for apathy and if that happens the over regulators and lawmakers who thrive on finding ways to “Protect” us from ourselves may find they are the ones who need protecting.

Perhaps the ballot box will once again be a tool for change rather than what it’s become, a tool to protect the status quo.

Oh, and just for the record, don’t blame a party for the problem that is the easy way to turn this conversation into worthless words on a computer screen.


  1. Jerry Carlin on April 25, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Hey Rick, welcome to the real world! Sometimes you can get around regulations by altering the catagory in which you work. I switched from “fence builder” to “artist”, one allowing me to work in my backyard and the other not.

  2. Marshall Moseley on April 25, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Hi Rick,

    Over-regulation is like over-medication — it only happens in the specifics. I don’t see how you can say, generally, over-regulation is bad. It’s a given regulation’s effect on the thing being regulated, the business-person the regulation restricts, and community that matter, and need to be balanced. They devil, as they say, is in the details.


  3. Rick Dancer on April 25, 2012 at 11:24 am


    Just my opinion. If ours differ that’s fine. But I’m experiencing it right now and it threatens to kill the creative spirit and create an atmosphere where only the big boys can survive. To me, that’s a bad thing.

  4. Dennis on April 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Rick, I think it has gone past the point of no return. The politicians have given away so much that they will not be able to go back. With 50% of the population on government aide of one kind or another, the politicians cannot be removed. Sure, a couple here and there will get chopped, but there will be no mass vote that removes them and they know it. They give the large companies advantage too, making us small guys at a total disadvantage. The only thing that will cure them is a TOTAL meltdown of the system with mass death and poverty. When that happens they know the people who have weapons will rule. I know, sounds apocalyptic, but I see no other way. As we are seeing today, politicians simply cannot control themselves and lead us in a better direction.

  5. Cliff Hunter on April 26, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Regulation, (consider the source) is basically big business, through legislation, quenching the spirit of and killing the competition.. It’s what makes illegal monopolies, legal. The pharmaceutical industry is a case in point. In conjunction with the FDA, whose membership they have heavily infiltrated, use regulation and drug research approval criteria to outprice any real viable threats to their business monopoly. Only they can get a drug, sometimes unsafely, through the process. Very sad but very true. We have very few pharmacological companies and many dead people to attest to this. I’m just saying… A further look into the Council on Foreign Relations will reveal the same oligarchical politics, but only on a global scale where multi-national corporations answers to and are loyal to no country whatsoever. They have infiltrated every major political party and basically appoint whoever they will to key presidential posts, university presidencies, virtually all major media groups, Rick Dancer Media excepted of course,major foundation chairs,etc., all to make sure only their agenda will be promoted, legislated, and incorporated into our lives, whether we realize it or not. Think I’m blowing smoke? Look into the grooming of, and subsequent infiltration of the Jimmy Carter presidency and see how many CFR people held major cabinet positions. Regulations, over taxation, govt. red tape and the like, make it virtually impossible to create and grow new business. Trust me. The big boys like things just fine the way they are. Keep themselves large and you relatively insignificant. Does this sound like an America our forefathers and the framers of our constitution intended. I trow not. To see how “Wall St plays into all this, research the real reason Jimmy Carter gave the Panama Canal to Panama. Then you’ll truly understand who runs this country and how their personal greed outweighs any national (that would be you and me) interest. Government is full of people who leach off of the creative wealthmakers, add to their burdens, and won’t lift a finger to really help them. Time to vote for a real tiny govt.and one that actually makes sense. Just saying…

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