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Another ‘regulation’ canard

Regarding Sue Lani Madsen’s “Finding Labor Day ‘sweet spot’ no picnic” (Sept. 1, 2018).

This seemingly “reasonable” argument for less regulations is centered around one point of patently absurd logic that Madsen explicitly states: Anyone wanting to start a business must fully read and comply with 54,000 state regulations. So, someone opening a taco stand must read and comply with hog farm, timber, fishing, commercial building, electrical, plumbing, construction, land use and environmental regulations and codes?

This kind of false logic is rampant among so-called conservatives and the current White House resident: find a specific instance to justify employing absurd exaggerations, false equivalencies and unfounded generalizations to advance the goal of undermining reasonable governance.

Ed Duhaime



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