Quote of the day—Rolf

That’s the problem with too many rules: it rewards gaming the system more handsomely than actually being good, useful, productive, and wise.

February 15, 2020
Comment to Quote of the day—Karlyn Borysenko
[Excellent observation!

Perhaps some elaboration is worthwhile. More rules restrict those who are rule followers. But those who are more “flexible” will see the advantages of bypassing the rules and do so when they cannot compete with the rule followers or desire the profits obtainable by disobeying the rules more than the safety of following them.

Those willing to bribe, blackmail, and threaten those who enforce the rules have an even greater advantage over those who follow the rules. And in fact, want even more rules created to hinder their competitors even more. And, of course, the enforcers and creators of rules/laws are more likely to become and/or attract corrupt people the greater the potential for profit from excess rules.

California state Sen. Leland Yee is a prime example.—Joe]


4 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Rolf

  1. Behold! The tax code. It’s amazing what bored little humans will come up with to get around, Thou shalt not steal.

  2. This sounds a lot like Uber and taxi companies. Or any other “gig economy” operation vs. a conventional employer.

    • Do you understand where the “conventional employer” model originated? When the government realized that they could force the company to withhold the tax money directly from the paycheck, and get that sweet tax bite sent to them at the end of every pay period.

      When an entity sees a steady income, they tend to spend it more easily, instead of being miserly, whether politician or head of household.

      Taxpayer never sees his full paycheck, and as a consequence doesn’t feel that huge grab that the government used to take in a single instance per year, or maybe quarterly for some.

  3. “The greater the number of laws, the more corrupt the state.”

    This seems to fit hand in glove with the above.

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