Matt Towery

Take the example of the possible ramifications of requiring energy companies to generate specific percentages of their total energy output from wind, solar and other non-traditional sources. The goals being put forth are unattainable, and the inefficiencies and high costs of trying to reach them anyway will only result in higher energy bills for all. And government subsidies to support these new energy sources will mean tax dollars being wasted.

There has been a mad rush to pass all these half-baked pieces of legislation. Now, as the devilish details start to emerge, it's becoming clear that these new laws will have a huge impact on the lives of millions of Americans.

The past provides examples of how poorly designed legislation can eventually lead to sad results. Recall that lovely deal cut by congressional Republicans when they passed the "Bush tax cuts."

In a compromise effort designed to gain passage of the cuts, the GOP agreed to sunset them in 2010. They even went so far as to gradually reduce the so-called death tax to virtually nothing in the year 2010, only to allow it to revert to its punitive original percentages in 2011.

So not only does it stand to reason that mama and daddy can't find a physician. It also stands to reason that their kids might not want them to find one, thanks to the onerous "death tax" penalties if those parents live beyond this year! (Yes, I'm kidding, but this shows a perversity of the coming tax laws.)

This demonstrates that the Republicans of the Bush years could pass legislation just as stupid as anything that's been passed by Democrats this year.

But there's a difference. The GOP passed bad laws out of sloppiness, and from the presumption that they would remain in power for the foreseeable future. The legislation emerging from the current Congress and the Obama administration apparently has a different motive. The Democrats seem less concerned with keeping power in the long run and more concerned about altering every feature of the economic landscape before the nation wakes up to the realization that we have been buried under an avalanche of paper, forced to look for physicians that aren't available or are just plain out of business.


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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