So there was this fellow lazily kayaking down a good sized river, sometimes paddling, sometimes just drifting. The day was warm, the breeze gentle, the spring grasses and flowers beautiful.
After a time he could hear some sort of faint noise from downstream. It gradually became a gentle but distinct rumbling, then a louder and louder roar. He noticed that the current seemed to be carrying him a bit faster. When he saw the mist rising in front of him, he realized he must be heading for a very large waterfall.
Quickly he paddled to shore, relieved to have realized in time that he was heading for trouble. Hoisting the kayak on his shoulders, he walked up stream half a mile . . .and put his craft into the stream again. Perhaps he didn’t realize that he would soon end up in the same danger.
Our president and the Republican party somehow think that going back upstream and starting the process all over again will lead to a different result. As quickly as we get rid of regulations, we’ll have to start adding them back. They are there for a purpose and we’ve learned by experience that that law has to keep evolving in order to shut loopholes and outsmart those who want to evade the letter of the law.
Deregulation, as we saw with Reagan pays short term benefits but brings long term pain that far outweighs the little good that was temporarily effected. The last thing needed in the greatest nation on earth is myoptic leadership but that’s precisely what we’ve got and the long term pain is going to be very great.