Let's Stimulate Voters and Disable the Economy

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Virtually
everybody who reads LewRockwell.com regularly knows that politicians
cannot create jobs or wealth. Such is axiomatic to straight thinkers.

The
honest politicians…

Let
me restate that previous lead-in.

Congressman
Ron Paul knows that politicians cannot create jobs or wealth.

The
remaining politicians either:

  1. Don’t
    know they can’t create jobs or wealth or
  2. Willfully
    lie

If
I were to place a bet, I’d put my money on #2.

Can
We Blame Their Public Education?

Don’t
blame their public education because most politicians are wealthy
liberals (on both sides of the aisles) who went to private schools.
Interestingly, hardly any of them send their own children to government
schools. Although they don’t care about your kids they do care about
their own.

Last
week, the brilliant hedge fund advisor, part-time economist, and
all-around happy guy John Mauldin wrote the following:

“…one
quote I read this week which showed that government regulations
cost more in terms of jobs than all the outsourcing to India
and China. I readily complain about the cost of government regulations
in my business. “

He
goes on to ask the only valid questions about regulations:

“…How
much does regulation cost the medical profession, up and down
the chain? Construction? Manufacturing? Education? There is
no place safe from expensive regulations.”

Far
be it of me to correct Mr. Mauldin, a man I admire as a father of
a wonderful family even more than him as an investor. Yet my correction
is small; instead of “regulations” I would more accurately give
them the title “unconstitutional laws.”

It’s
obvious that while they cannot create jobs or wealth, they can destroy
jobs and wealth. As a matter of fact, they are very good at just
that. A few politicians might see they can destroy jobs and wealth
and think if they oppose the other party, then they will create
jobs and wealth but only the free market can do that.

The
regulatory stranglehold is the primary weapon used to destroy free-market
jobs and wealth and build the socialist state they so very much
desire.

The
Most Disabling Regulation of All

One
swell act of socialism resulting in back problems after being forced
upon American shoulders was the one that disables all Americans.
It’s called the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA disables
Americans. All Americans. The ADA will disarm you even if you have
only one arm.

I
regret I never traveled to Washington to campaign against the ADA
in 1990 when it was being praised by liberals such as Bob Dole and
President George H. Bush. Countless conservatives are still scratching
their heads over why they cast a vote for either one.

In
the early 1990s I stated on national television how the ADA would
be disastrous, primarily in its damage to truly handicapped people
and to our economy. To its discredit the ADA far surpassed my expectations.
I couldn’t have guessed how much abuse it would generate. I knew
it would be dangerous but I had no clue that it would grow so rapidly,
be exported to so many other countries so quickly, and be used by
so many as a crutch. Those with crutches are people the ADA authors
said they wanted to help; instead, the ADA itself became a crutch.

Out
of repentance from not speaking out against it before it was passed,
I’ve spent the years since exposing the ADA’s real dangers. I’ve
been busy.

If
you don’t think the ADA affects you, because you are not disabled,
you are gravely mistaken. The businesses you enter, the prices you
pay, the design of products you buy, the Web sites you visit, and
the very homes and neighborhood you live in have already been changed
by the ADA.

Love
the ADA and Hate the Disabled

So
many ADA-related topics are possible to discuss, cuss, and expose.
Writing about the ADA requires severe restraint because the ADA
targets so many aspects of American lives.

Readers
of this site rarely work for the government, so one of their first
concerns is cost versus benefit received. Government-legislated
wheelchair ramps, wider doors, and bathroom grab bars mean that
many handicapped people get along better. But the cost everyone
pays that makes this deal a lemon.

Considering
its stated goals, you might expect the ADA to be regulated by the
Department of Health and Human Services. Actually, while the HHS
has some control over the ADA’s administration, the ADA falls directly
under the United States Department of Justice. For eight years,
Attorney General Janet Reno had front-line responsibility to enforce
the ADA.

The
U.S. government takes the ADA very seriously indeed.

They
say they passed the ADA to help end discrimination against the handicapped.
Did you see people kicking crutches out from under the disabled
before 1990? It didn’t happen.

What
now happens though is that the ADA-generated discrimination of the
handicapped harms them in ways they may never see. When a struggling
small business owner was told by Janet Nero [sic] to spend $25,000
to over $100,000 to change the entire parking lot layout, to widen
every door, to change all door knobs (round doorknobs are illegal
in post-ADA commercial America — you didn’t know that, did
you?), to lower some counters, to raise other counters, to add a
ramp in front, to change the bathroom entrance, to replace every
bathroom fixture, to add handles and bars throughout, to replace
some built-in benches and stools, to eliminate inventory so as to
have room to widen the aisles, and possibly be required to provide
home delivery. All of these caused financial hardship to every small
business.

You
now need to ask yourself the real question: Is that small business
owner more likely or less likely to view disabled customers with
happiness, care, and compassion?

The
owner will let the handicapped customer fend for herself because
the owner was already forced to accommodate under threat of losing
his business for not complying. His help has already been coerced;
he’s not likely to offer more.

Both
Sides Pay

A
writer whom you may have heard of, Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., once
wrote:

“Whenever
possible, employers tend to shun disabled employees, which is
why even the official figures reveal a higher unemployment rate
among authentically disabled people than before the act passed.
…disabled people are perceived as walking lawsuits.”

“Walking
lawsuits.” What an embarrassment the ADA has been for truly handicapped
people. Be it far from me to edit the wise Mr. Rockwell’s words
but I might change that a bit to call them rolling lawsuits.

Another
real evil is that the ADA’s steeped in ambiguous wording. Ambiguously-worded
laws can be used against the innocent any time. Ask any business
owner who was sued for “violating” the ADA.

Who
knows the needs of a customer best?

  1. A small
    business owner who knows many of his clientele by first name
    or
  2. Inefficient,
    uncaring, faceless government officials who tell every business
    owner what is needed for customers?

If
you’re not a business owner, you’re a consumer so you’re affected.
And some consumers in America still pay taxes instead of getting
a free ride on those who do so you’re affected. As a taxpayer, you
get a double whammy.

The
government decides how much money you as a taxpayer spend when they
take a business owner to ADA court. They decide how much money you
as a taxpayer spend to pay the business owner’s damages through
a higher cost of living. You pay both sides in all ADA battles.
You cannot win. Officials in authority are the ones who want to
put you in jail if you speak out against the disabled. (It doesn’t
surprise you that there are now hate crime laws in America regarding
handicapped people? You’d better not call ME peg-leg if you want
to keep your house!) They set the rules, they set the penalties,
and they haul you to court. They are just following regulations
— regulations they designed.

Apathy’s
In, Respect and Sympathy’s Out

When
the government takes over prostituting the handicapped to line its
own pockets, power, and friends (attorneys always seem to get paid
no matter which side of an ADA case they take…), family and neighbors
stop helping the handicapped. It’s human nature. Consider the man
in Denver who saw his brother, a bum, on the street passed out.
He stopped, put the man in his car, drove him to the nearest shelter
and dropped him on the doorsteps. Institutional welfare teaches
people to have apathy towards those they need to help. People no
longer need to respect or have sympathy toward the handicapped because
the government took over the compassion business.

Your
apathy towards the handicapped will grow proportionally to the ADA.
Your expenses will also.

People
have been afraid to speak out against the ADA except for Lew Rockwell
and a few others that I can count on one hand (and considering my
hands, that number is very low). It’s time to speak out against
this horrific law that disables normal Americans and grossly increases
discrimination against the handicapped.

March
4, 2004

Greg
Perry [send him mail]
may have been born with one leg and a total of three fingers, but
don’t call him disabled! He prefers the term “handicapped” because
the ADA advocates hate that term. You might wonder how that applies
to him because Perry is the most prolific computer book author in
the world and just finished his 75th computer book published internationally.
He recently fulfilled his long-standing promise to expose the Americans
with Disabilities Act by writing the book Disabling
America: The Unintended Consequences of the Government’s Protection
of the Handicapped
.

Greg
Perry Archives

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