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In a message dated 98-01-31 15:04:32 EST, BAllenSE(--nospam--at)pacbell.net write:

> Bravo! Do we really need any more rules besides the 10 Commandments and the 
> Bill of Rights?
>  
Dangerous thought!  Les' see - in addition to the 435 Representatives and 100
Senators in DC, there are 50 state legislatures that collectively have at
least 5,000 more of these "lawmakers" busily making rules for us.  And then
there are the countless legions of folks on city councils, county boards of
supervisors, parish commissions, special districts, etc, all of whom have the
authority to, and do, impose yet more rules upon us.  But they are only the
tips of icebergs.  Think of the vast armies of aides, analysts and
administrative assistants that support these lawmakers.  And the lobbyists and
restauranteurs who wine and dine them.  And the folks in the papermaking and
printing industries that get the hugh government business.   And the gangs of
lawyers and accountants who interpret and/or help get around the torrents of
new rules.  And the p.r. and advertising folks who soak up the campaign
expenditures.  And, and  .....

Be careful what you wish for, Bill - if the rulemaking industry vanished, we
could experience the mother of all recessions!  :-)

Frank Lew, SE
Orinda, CA