800 New Laws…
In 2016, California passed almost 800 new laws. That was about the annual average over the last ten years. For each law there are often regulations that have the force of law and basically “fill in the gaps” of the new statutes. Those regulations are drafted and enforced by non-elected bureaucrats. Assuming (conservatively) five to ten regulations for each new law, over the past ten years the California legislature has put in place approximately 40,000-80,000 new rules for us to live by. That doesn’t even include federal laws (which Californians have to follow) or any municipal laws/regulations.
Our forefathers needed only 1,458 words to declare independence from English oppression, and 4,543 words to establish the constitutional framework for the federal and State laws to ensure the freedom of the citizens of the new nation. I think they should have included the definition of “freedom” to remind future generations what they meant. Dictionary.com defines freedom as:
Noun: (1) The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint; (2) The absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.
Somewhere, England’s King George is getting the last laugh.