Born to regulate

This will not go over well:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may decide to outlaw natural gas stoves after a new study claimed the appliances can emit harmful pollution, according to Bloomberg.

The article makes it sound as if the CPSC can ban gas stoves without any action by Congress.

As I can’t imagine there is as much soot and other pollutants as they claim this would appear to be another case where people get a thrill out of creating regulations:

I like having a very direct and very powerful impact on worker safety and health.  If you put out a reg, it matters.  I think that’s really where the thrill comes from.  And it is a thrill; it’s a high… I love it; I absolutely love it.  I was born to regulate.  I don’t know why, but that’s very true.  So as long as I’m regulating, I’m happy.

I wonder if 18 USC 242 could be made to apply to them.


6 thoughts on “Born to regulate

  1. I wish that quote were still available online. I can’t find it in the NR’s archive.

  2. So explain to me how someone getting a “high” out of “regulating” someone’s behavior or choices (infringing on their personal liberty actually) is any different from someone who gets a “high” from robbing people, raping people, bullying people? After all, weren’t they born to do what they have chosen to do? Many “modern people” bristle at the idea of the Judaeo-Christian ethic because of the constraints it places on people’s individual behavior. What they miss is that those constraints are actually intended to deter people from succumbing to baser instincts that lead them to abuse, in one way or another, their fellow man. If there is no higher authority to which you owe gratitude and allegiance, there is no significant reason to not give way to whatever level of instinctual behavior you find attractive, regardless of what it does to others. And as the influence of the Judaeo-Christian ethic continues to wane, we are forced to live with ever lowering standards of behavior, all in the woke name of equity. So how is this good and why should we tolerate it any longer?

    • Not sure what ancient said; “If you want to know someone’s true nature, give them power.”
      And the same reason tyranny is as predictable as sunrise.
      The real problem is that same person doesn’t add a follow-on thought to the process. Was I also born to hang from a light pole?

  3. This kind of thing is hardly surprising with bureaucrats who work for “agencies” whose very existence is an affront to the Constitution.

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