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  •  Anyone familiar with the regulations, from the (3+ / 0-)
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    writing (by committee) to implementation (sometimes by the reading challenged) and as those subject to them daily as are government employees know part of the reason for "flabby, diffuse, hole-ridden" regulations is to make holes through which driving certain trucks is possible. This particularly applies to the stuff Congress passes from which regulations flow. It was always something of a pleasure to have a nice, well written, clear regulation with which to deal.

    One of my worst examples was a Joint Travel Regulation under which a clearly subordinate clause was moved to preeminent enforcement even though it failed on its face to meet the governing clause. Pointing that out was as effective as commanding the tides to recede and a plain English reading was denied in about the same manner a possible, probable in my opinion, dependent clause of the Second Amendment is used by the NRA because that is how they like to see things. "Clause ridden" barely covers most and selective "clauseing" is pretty common.

    Life, particularly for federal workers, would be much simplified by clarity in regulation writing, but then in a job once screwed up (Congress usually with the driving law) anything done to try to improve it generally screws things up even more.

    Have some fun, take a look at the FARSITE, for a random example Subpart 23.2 -- Energy and Water Efficiency and Renewable Energy and try to connect all the dots.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Thu May 16, 2013 at 06:30:54 AM PDT

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