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Regulations kill

For all those people who think we don’t have enough regulations watch this video by veteran journalist John Stossel. He shows how dumb state and federal regulations are responsible for the slow roll out of testing, the unavailability of hospital beds, and the shortage of doctors and nurses in some cities and states.

The regulations here only pertain to the current “crisis” of the Coronavirus. Just think, there are thousands and thousands more regulations that are unnecessary and stupid that prevent people from gaining employment when they move to a new state or want to switch professions.

I’m not saying that all regulations are unnecessary. I’m saying that probably most are unnecessary and most likely are put in place in order to keep competition in certain industries at a minimum. Regulations raise the barrier to entry in almost all sectors of the economy.

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Homeless have more liberty than your average taxpayer (assuming some homeless pay taxes)

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s illustrious Executive Order fantastically exempts homeless people from “sheltering in place.” So they’re free to spread the dreaded Coronavirus to anyone they come in contact with. But rest easy. They are “strongly” urged to obtain shelter.

What stupid ass nonsense is this? In addition, these “shelter in place” orders aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. There are all kinds of exemptions. For example, I can go out and walk my dog. I can go out for a run or a walk. But, I have to “try” to maintain the mandated 6′ distance from my fellow man.

What bullshit. I plan on going into downtown Chicago for a walk after this order takes effect. Why? Because walks are exempt and I feel the need for some air.

Fuck this bullshit.

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Letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune

I just fired off this letter to the editor. Hopefully it gets printed and people don’t try to string me up for having lack of compassion for my fellow man. I just think that everything the American people and the federal government are doing is far in excess of what was required. Here is the letter.

Just about every step the federal government and the American people have taken to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak has been an unnecessary over reaction and will be more damaging to a greater number of people than those steps are meant to protect. Furthermore, the rush to cast aside free market principals in favor of central government control is disturbing in the speed in which it’s taking place as well as in the lack of resistance from the public and across well known pundits.

From all the reporting to date, about 80% of people that get infected experience little to mild symptoms. So mild in many cases that they don’t even know they have it. 15% get more serious symptoms that are the equivalent of a bad flu. The remaining 5% may need hospitalization but less than half of that are serious enough where they may die. The high risk group are those over 60 and those with compromised immune systems.

The advice for the majority of the population to stop their lives and hide will not do anything to stop the virus. In fact, this behavior may only stretch it out over a longer period of time. The proper advice is to have those in high risk groups take necessary precautions to protect themselves. 

Unless there is more than the public is being told with this virus it does not appear to be lethal enough for the government to shut down the US economy. I don’t want people to die. But I also don’t want to see businesses die and lives destroyed all across the country. Lives that otherwise would not have been tremendously affected by this virus. Instead of concentrating the response where it needs to be we’re spreading out the misery across all sectors of life. 

Our panic reaction is like amputating both legs in order to stop gangrene on one foot from advancing to the rest of the body. Will it fix the problem? Yes, but at what cost?

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Illinois gives me another reason to move out

Danger Will Robinson an invasive species is approaching!

My wife and I are already starting our search to move out of the State of Illinois. Our primary reason is financial. Our property taxes are simply too high. With the knowledge that over half of what we pay in taxes goes to pension debt means that less than half of our tax dollars actually go towards government services we might use.

The new reason is that every year during crawfish season in Louisiana we order a bunch of live crawfish to do our own crawfish boil. This year, Illinois banned the entry of these live crawfish because they designated them an “invasive species”. How many people are buying crawfish from Louisiana and dumping them into ponds and rivers?

Our state is run by a bunch of assholes.