Something We’ve SAID Many, Many Times…


“If you never give the government the power to oppress you, the government can never oppress you.”


TL;DR Version: The lesson from the Supreme Court OSHA mandate decision: Devolve OSHA, DOE, others, back to the states over five years.


The thing in recent history that made me think of our aphorism at top is the OSHA Mandates case, in which the Supreme Court ruled that OSHA may not force American workers to choose between being vaccinated and keeping their employment.

The backstory is well-known and simple. Biden had no way to impose a vaccine mandate on all Americans despite his sincere wish to do so. Hence, he decided to order his Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to make such a mandate part of the regulatory burden that agency imposes on American businesses.

It goes without saying that if there were no OSHA, then there would never have been an OSHA mandate. And there would not have been the need for a Supreme Court case. Which, though inconceivable, might have been lost (if, for example, we’d had a “President Hillary“).

Now, let’s stipulate that Safety and Health on the job are important and good things. How, then, does one go about maximizing these good things, while not overly burdening businesses?

The answer to that just seems too easy: Take the budget for OSHA and divide it by five. Cut the OSHA budget by that amount each of the next five years, and send those monies back to the respective states to do with it as they see fit. Let each state decide what Occupational Safety and Health standards to enforce within their own borders.

At the end of the five years, there will be no OSHA at the federal government level to be abused by petty tyrants and bastards like Joe Biden.

This is what, I think, we should do with the DEA, ATF, the DOE, the Dept. of Commerce, the DEP and all centrally-administered entitlement programs. And many more such parasitical entities.

You could throw in the CDC and the NIH, whose administrators have proven amply recently that the closer they are to centralized power, the more corrupt they are. In medical personnel, this is an egregious failing of character.

My principle at top seems so simple, and so obviously a good way to approach allocating power to the government. It’s a statement of obvious fact.

If you couple that plain fact with the well-known history of government oppression throughout the millennia of organized human existence, one would think that a people able to limit the powers of the government… would.

— xPraetorius

1-23-2022

12 thoughts on “Something We’ve SAID Many, Many Times…

  1. I’m sorry,… can you perhaps illustrate how our government, or any of its institutions, have oppressed you personally? Is this all about someone told you to wear a mask.. get a vaccine… and that’s your statement of political oppression?

    1. Sure I can. So can millions of others. Though it’d be irrelevant whether or not I’m personally oppressed, if millions of others are.

      Such a silly mistake always to assume that I’m writing from personal negative experience. Why can’t someone write about and care about things that are wrong with the country, period? The things that affect many others?

      The answer is, of course, he or she can.

      Best,

      — x

    2. Also… the topic of the original essay outlines the oppression in question, and that would have been vaccine mandates.

      Since those mandates were NOT imposed on me and others, because that particular oppression was not allowed to go forward, your question is irrelevant. 🙂

      Best,

      — x

  2. The U.S. is being governed by the administrative state and until this is vastly reformed we will continue to slide in to larger and more oppressive government squeezing out our individual liberties. Rules and regulations are administered by these behemoth, unaccountable agencies with no legislative process. The horrid OSHA vaccine mandates is a prime example. Thank God the Constitution won the day and but the vote was too close. The fact that almost half the Supreme Court wanted to keep it in place is frankly frightening.

    1. “The fact that almost half the Supreme Court wanted to keep it in place is frankly frightening.”

      So well said, Tricia!

      I DO have a modest proposal. Do you like OSHA’s organizing principle? I kind of do. So, devolve OSHA to the states.

      Over a period of five years: cut the OSHA budget by 1/5th of the original amount and return those monies to the states in the proportion that the state contributes taxes to the government.

      If the state likes OSHA-like stuff, let them set one up in their state. After five years FEDERAL OSHA will be gone, and the states will have had five years to decide how they want to implement OSHA’s core functions in their state. Or not.

      Do this with the DOE, the Dept. of Commerce, the DEP, and all federal-level entitlement programs. Let each state decide to what extent they wish to implement all these things in their states.

      Best,

      — x

      1. Love your solution to federal OSHA overreach x, just perfect! In CA we actually have something called CAL OSHA but of course they just add more regulations in ADDITION to the fed OSHA. Would be great if each state had their own, if they wanted to and left things at that. If people wanted more regs, they can move to states that offer them and vice versa.

    1. Nope. Just like rules in baseball, or tennis, or ping pong, or soccer aren’t oppression.

      One has to be able to establish a balance, and one has to know where the lines are between a social contract that makes sense, and overly strict constraints on people’s actions. And one has to be able to make rational choices to eschew the overly strict constraints.

      I’ve read a bunch of your stuff at your blog, and you’re obviously not able to make rational choices.

      Best,

      — x

      1. Very good. Most care only for their own opinion. It’s the main reason I follow certain Trumpian Conservative blogs myself. A form of keeping tabs on current opinion. Plus I don’t necessarily relish blog echo chambers, even if my own… although the online friendships are valuable.
        As to your conclusion regarding having read any of my “stuff”… we can certainly agree that neither of us can make rational choices.

        1. I make rational choices all the time. It’s how I evolved from a nitwit of an anarcho-Trotskyist to a free market Conservative.

          The ability to see where I’d made half-witted choices and conclusions afforded me the necessary humility to admit that no one ought to have the right to make too many choices for anyone else.

          Best,

          — x

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