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    These are the steps:

    Enabling act - There shall be formed a committee called the traffic regulation enabling committee which shall study traffic and the potential need for regulating it and which shall be authorized, should it determine that a need exists, to issue regulations (subject to notice, public coment and the like) concerning said traffic.


    real regulation - Nobody shall drive in a residential area at a speed in excess of 25 miles per hour.  Violations are subject to fines of up to $x for first offense, $y for second offense ... .

    The committee called "Traffic Regulation" or whatever they call it in your area determined that a need existed....THEN they put up the traffic signs and hired some cops to enforce them.

    These aren't opposite actions.

    As if we could make things better without making them worse.

    by A Voice on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 02:24:32 AM PDT

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    •  Never said there were opposite actions. (0+ / 0-)

      The traffic regulation committee, of course, waited 15 years, until 7 fatal accidents and hundreds of non-fatal ones.  The point is that the legislature can proscribe and prescribe, thereby regulating an industry, or it can pass enabling acts, enabling somebody else to eventually regulate or not, as they see fit.  Such an act does not, upon passage, regulate anything, it merely attempts to shift the legislative authority and burden elsewhere.

      "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

      by enhydra lutris on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 12:13:38 PM PDT

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