Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

Regulation, Taxes, and Fees.

Regulations, Taxes, and Fees.

Regulations are necessary in order to provide appropriate balance and protection.

Most homes have water pressure valves that regulate the water pressure coming into the home providing enough pressure to run appliances but not so much as to damage the appliances or burst pipe fittings and joints. Too much regulation and appliances don’t work properly, too little regulation and the plumbing fails and nothing works. There’s a balance.

Work place regulations are subject to the same principle. Regulations are necessary in order to assure a safe working environment. The difference with the work place is the added dynamic of people. Regulations in the work place should not remove the need for people to use good judgement. Doing so causes the work place to be too restrictive and unproductive.

Environmental regulations are much the same. Sufficient regulations should be in place to protect the environment from those who don’t use good judgement while striking a balance between sensible use of natural resources and unnecessary protections.

Conversations regarding regulations generally focus on the fringes. Those wishing to regulate everyone and everything point out the extreme abuses of those who exhibit no regard for human safety or environmental consequences. Progress and sensible regulations can be agreed upon when ‘people’ are reasonable and use unbiased proven metrics to achieve mutual goals.

Taxes were originally levied to provide governments with the means to achieve goals necessary for the safety and welfare for all; safety and welfare generally being protection from invading forces, development of infrastructure for commerce, and assistance for those veterans with combat related injuries. Subsequent to our nation’s birth taxes have continually risen in order to pay for programs which were originally established with good intentions but have morphed into programs barely recognizable from their origins, most of which would not be necessary if everyone would use good judgement and behave responsibly. Taxes are assessed on income. Only those with an income pay taxes. And like the water valve, taxes are adjustable.

Fees are taxes charged regardless of income and generally assigned to a particular event or item. And yes, fees are adjustable.

Now imagine a neighborhood or region being able to dictate the water pressure and type of valve used in a home. And imagine that some neighborhoods require a value so restrictive that many appliances don’t work properly, while other neighborhoods allow people to use good judgement and choose the appropriate pressure valve. It’s much the same with regulations, taxes, and fees. Regulations, taxes, and fees generally dictate the migration of people and businesses nationally and internationally.

In order for America and Americans to flourish two things must occur. The second is America must maintain a strong economic engine. Doing so will require regulations, taxes, and fees to be competitive with the rest of the economically developed world. Government spending will need to be adjusted to accommodate competitive revenue generating schemes.

The first thing…6000 years of history show that countries flourish when they turn to God. America was founded on Christian principles and has flourished since. America must lean on Biblical moral principles if we wish that God’s blessing continue. The opinion of world leaders has never been a good barometer for appropriate government policy.

Isaiah 9:6-7New King James Version (NKJV)

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.





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