“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.