Posted BY: John F. Di Leo
When candidates run for public office — local, state, or federal — they campaign on some careful blend of their résumés, their personalities, and their political issues.
Thus it has always been, and thus it will always be, in a republic. “Vote for me because I have the experience to do it well,” or “Vote for me because I’m so much like you, I’ll represent your interests,” or “Vote for me because we agree on these twenty or thirty specific issues.”
But there is something going on that we don’t usually expect, and while it’s been in process for a century now, it’s become blatant only for the past decade or so, and that’s the growth of a regulatory state that virtually no candidate ever really campaigns on the incredibly intrusive growth of the picky, micromanaging regulatory state.
I’ll begin with a personal example.
I bought a house 20 years ago that came with a large wooden deck, about 25’x20′. After a few years of experimenting, I found a solid oil deck stain that I loved working with, and I enjoyed several years of success using it. Then, several years ago, I couldn’t find it anymore — the manufacturer had stopped manufacturing it — so I bought another brand of “oil deck stain” (the most expensive one, to be safe), and to say that my results were lousy would be putting it mildly.