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    primary goals--a guaranteed income stream and a captive market. They expect the public corporations to provide them via legislative requirements and privileged arrangements. Insurance purveyors were quite content to have their enterprises "regulated" by state insurance commissioners, as long as regulation made their income regular and kept out unwanted competitors. That regulators should set profit margins and service standards, as well as the rates that can be charged, is an unwelcome innovation.

    The extent to which enterprise relies on legislative involvement to bolster their bottom line is almost unimaginable. Take the requirement that smoke detectors be wired into the electric panel AND supplied with batteries for back-up-- batteries which, if they weaken with age will cause the system to blare until they are replaced. The ostensible purpose is to make the residents safe. The real purpose is to sell and install new equipment, which the fire department will then want an ordinance requirement to inspect so they'll still have something to do when they're not responding to fires.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 06:02:07 AM PDT

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