Why is it that everything government touches seems to make life more complex for the average Joe and Jane?
“For the first couple of centuries of the industrial revolution, the goal of modernization was to make life simpler for the common man. The steam engine made transportation simpler, safer and faster than the stagecoach, whether it was a family or a package that was moving cross country. At the dawn of the 20th century, the automobile brought the same revolution for short term distances. It was also more hygienic than the horses it replaced.”
“…I just hate how slow these gas cans are these days,” he grumbled. “There’s no vent on them.”
Taxcutter never noticed because Taxcutter has old-style gas cans.
“Soap doesn’t work. Toilets don’t flush. Clothes washers don’t clean. Light bulbs don’t illuminate. Refrigerators break too soon. Paint discolors. Lawnmowers have to be hacked. It’s all caused by idiotic government regulations that are wrecking our lives one consumer product at a time…”
I feel the pain. My clothes washer and dishwasher won’t get the stuff clean without a dash of TSP. I drilled out the jets on my mower carburetor to get it to work right. Toilets (if they are not the $800 Japanese models) require three flushes to get the job done. As a tech-savvy engineer I can work around the sabotage to my life but most people just sit there and suffer.
“It took one quick search. The whole trend began in (wait for it) California. Regulations began in 2000, with the idea of preventing spillage. The notion spread and was picked up by the EPA, which is always looking for new and innovative ways to spread as much human misery as possible.
An ominous regulatory announcement from the EPA came in 2007: “Starting with containers manufactured in 2009… it is expected that the new cans will be built with a simple and inexpensive permeation barrier and new spouts that close automatically.”
The government never said “no vents.” It abolished them de facto with new standards that every state had to adopt by 2009. So for the last three years, you have not been able to buy gas cans that work properly. They are not permitted to have a separate vent. The top has to close automatically. There are other silly things now, too, but the biggest problem is that they do not do well what cans are supposed to do.”
Of course the EPA is the villain.
“Instead of making labor-saving devices, they’re making labor-sucking devices.”
“Quite simply, the next time your elected local or state official holds a press conference about global warming, the Middle East, or the national political climate, expect to experience poor county law enforcement, bad municipal services, or regional insolvency.”
As America’s greatest engineer said: “Keep it simple, stupid.”