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Every time I hear the phrase "job-killing regulation", all I see is a whiny little pimp that doesn't have the balls to run a business.

As an architect, I'd imagine my tendency is to think and feel the same way…..if what I was doing was "feeling" nothing (for anyone but myself) and subsequently "thinking" very little.

Oh! How I would love to do away with planning and zoning regulations, so I can design and build anything I want! The price of "freedom" is dealing with whatever people want to build on their private property.  The fact that you see it and pass it everyday is of no importance to me.  It kills jobs for you to think that way.

And that's just one set of regulations.  

Perhaps we should take a hard glance at the building, mechanical, and plumbing codes.  These are thousands of pages (written by bureaucrats, of course!) dedicated to saving lives in an earthquake, or preventing an explosion, or keeping scalding water off children.  

But what it does for me is prevent me from hiring more people.  Clients pay us to design and execute plans.  They don't pay us to read pages of safety codes.  These codes are committed to memory so we do our job correctly.  But we will never get an extra dime for "code research".  The upside is?  You guessed it:  job-killing, job-killing, job-killing.

Please don't get me started on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  I'd be as wealthy as a king (and probably using that cash to hire dozens of people…you know I would) if only I didn't have to spend all this time figuring out how to make my buildings accessible.  ACCESSIBLE?!  Is that a subject that is so important that some person has to sit home unemployed?  I mean, think of my poor commercial clients who have to pay for these bathrooms that are large enough to spin a wheelchair in circles.  That is a luxury the rich can afford, but it's killing jobs for the rest of us.  Jobs, jobs, jobs, people.  What a waste of human capital!….all in the service of keeping a few sight-restricted persons from smacking their head on a steel strut.  It's not MY fault they can't see.  I'm sure they deal with this all the time.

Have you heard all the hyperbole over "saving energy" and making buildings "more green"?  These things are now being codified into law.  People tell me "clean energy" is a job-creating industry that could generate long-term benefits for our country in multiple sectors, but I don't know that's true and I really don't care. It gives me a headache and I know if I didn't have this headache I'd be scanning the college graduate listings looking for more talent to hire.

So, yeah, I guess if some hard-working, honest, patriotic politician would finally give me 'hope' and start whacking away at these pesky rules and regulations then yeah, I'll vote for them twice if possible….because jobs matter.  And this is the United States of America.  

It's about FREEDOM.  
And as you know, in this country, we care about nothing else.

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  •   Public access means ALL the public (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, NancyWH

    Stop your whining. Just go back to the Koch Brothers if you need more money for your anti-socia,l anti-regulatory engineering firm.
     Meanwhile my Design/Build Firm continued to read, understand, and innovate on the building code regulations. We continued to employ as many as could be found. There was plenty of work. What did us in wasn't regulations, it was the Black Monday crash, brought on by the crooks in the unregulated Financial world.

    "The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced." -Zappa My Site

    by meagert on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:16:18 AM PST

  •  I hope you're missing a snark tag (0+ / 0-)

    Building codes and planning mean more work for architects (and draftspeople like me), not less.  Otherwise there wouldn't be architecture at all, since carpenters, masons,  etc. would just get told to do whatever's cheapest, and they wouldn't need blueprints to tell them what that is.

    Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

    by Visceral on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:40:46 AM PST

    •  Why a snark tag? (1+ / 0-)
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      If it weren't for building codes, we'd have building collapses, fires, etc.  I have taught my son to check the building codes before he makes any improvements in his home.  Why?  Because most of them are based on safety.  

      As an example:  Venting a hot water heater outside to avoid carbon monoxide.  We both have indoor water heaters in our homes, and have had to learn more about the codes than most plumbers know.  In fact two refused to install my last replacement because they didn't know they could be inside a house.  (Most water heaters here are in garages.)  But the building codes showed that our heater was properly installed and vented.  

      Not everyone has the knowledge of Mike Holmes when it comes to building.  I appreciate the codes.

      If you want to know the real answer: Just ask a Mom.

      by tacklelady on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:19:27 AM PST

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      •  You are so right! (0+ / 0-)

        I work in civil service, and sometimes all the quality review, tech review, and federal review seems onorous.  BUT, it results in superior product!  I highly recommend it it to all business ventures.  I prefer to buy stuff I know works, myself.

        "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

        by NancyWH on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:24:41 PM PST

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  •  But You'd Have More Customers if Finance Had Been (1+ / 0-)
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    better regulated and the middle class hadn't had savings and home equity collapse taking the housing market so far down.

    [New diarist; I think this is snark especially because of the last line.]

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:00:51 AM PST

  •  FDA (1+ / 0-)
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    The FDA has admitted that its regulations are easier for large businesses to follow than small businesses.

    The regulations that we are subject to where I work were phased in over a period of several years, based on number of employees.

    In theory, regulations are always good.

    In practice, regulations are, in many cases, written by large corporations that can give NFL luxury box tickets to congressmen in exchange for writing regulations that are hard for smaller competitors to comply with.

    •  The FDA has taken the small and medium sized (1+ / 0-)
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      drug or biotech company out of the therapeutics business. Only big companies can afford  the FDA process to take products to market. All small and mid sized companies are now forced to partner with big pharma or big biotech to take a product to market. It has reduced competition and drug choices for consumers.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:27:51 PM PST

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      •  Entrepreneurs & the Affordable Care Act (1+ / 0-)
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        Now that health care is less attached to employment than it was before, people who were laid off were supposed to be able to start their own businesses.

        Not if they can't comply with regulations that were written by a Fortune 500 Company to drive out competition.

  •  this is satire. (0+ / 0-)

    Re-read that first sentence or two again, people.

    •  thank you. (0+ / 0-)

      This is my first post, and I woke up feeling sarcastic today.  I had no idea I should tag it as "snark", but I do now.  
      As someone once said:  Sarcasm is the cheapest form of comedy....but it's also the funniest.  
      Maybe they were wrong.  Or I'm not a very good writer.  ...maybe both.

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