Listen to Small Businesses’ Red Tape Worries

By Ray Pinard | August 1, 2013

Here’s an interesting article by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), republished on  Friends of the US Chamber of Commerce website

Government red tape can sometimes reach far beyond what Congress ever intended, and into the realm of the ridiculous.

Last week, the Washington Post provided an example. One small businessman, a magician, has an act that includes a small rabbit. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) required him to get a license for his rabbit, pay an annual fee, submit to surprise inspections of his home, and come up with a rabbit disaster plan. That sounds like one thoroughly regulated rabbit, and one colossal bureaucratic overreach. The disaster plan we actually need is how to untangle ever-increasing government red tape. As the Post put it, “The story behind it illustrates the reality of how American laws get made. First Congress passes a bill, laying out the broad strokes. Then bureaucrats write regulations to execute those intentions. And then, often, they keep on writing them. And writing them.”

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