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  •  Umm, well, the executive branch (0+ / 0-)

    "interprets" what is legislated.

    That's what regulations are.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 05:18:23 AM PST

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    •  Rules and regulations define how (1+ / 0-)
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      agencies are to carry out the law.  But, the directive to achieve a particular end is set by the legislative branch.  
      The recent Congressional habit of passing prohibitive legislation is contrary to the original structure of the Constitution, which presumes that individual behavior is good, unless proven to be injurious to someone else, and which presumes that the duties and obligations of agents of government need to be minutely spelled out (limited).  
      Conservatives prefer to believe that legislators "rule" the people by setting up restrictions.  The Constitution is premised on the belief that the people rule and public servants take their direction from them.
      The notion that public officials act "in loco parentis" is rather antiquated when it comes to adults.  However, since our law still considers juveniles to be the property of their parents (to do with as they will), there is a basis for these erroneous beliefs.
      "Family values" is, after all, little more than an assertion that the head of the family is an absolute authority whose word is law and that this micro model should be extrapolated to all of society.  Males should dominate.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 10:26:31 AM PST

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      •  We don't fundamentally disagree here. (2+ / 0-)
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        not at all.

        Another attractive feature of legislators' habits is to pass complex and broadly worded (or even simple, but vaguely worded) laws which then turn out to be a free field for rule-cheaters (eg lawyers) to exploit.

        For example, in Wisconsin there's a 2-hour mandatory written public notice of a legislative committee meeting. (I think it's two hours, anyway, it is a set time period) and that figured in unraveling some of Walker's stupidity.

        In Maryland, written public notice must be provided a "reasonable" time before a meeting or "as soon as practicable."

        So in Maryland there might have been a court case but they'd still be arguing over what was "reasonable" and "practicable."

        Until 2010, the Md Gen'l Ass'y exempted itself from minutes pretty much all the time  and notice requirements much of the time.

        The old double standard. And thereby hangs another tale, but that's for some other time.

        Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

        by dadadata on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 11:10:22 AM PST

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