Doing for the sake of doing

I was reading The Sports Guy’s latest mailbag today and he had this to say about why the big TV networks keep putting up bad NFL programming:

You know how everyone always wonders why networks make so many bad decisions and ignore common sense so often? Well, the problem is every network has too many executives, and when you have a lot of executives, you have a lot of meetings, and if you have a lot of meetings, those same executives feel obligated to come up with ideas for those meetings just because they don’t want the head boss to say, “Gee, that was weird, Bob didn’t come up with a single idea in today’s meeting.”

That leads to people feeling obligated to throw out bad ideas because a bad idea is better than not having ideas at all. And there are times when everyone in the room talks themselves into a bad idea — mainly because they couldn’t think of any other ideas — and once the bad idea springs into motion, everyone starts working on it and eventually talks themselves into the idea.

He later says:

Second, when people have a ton of money to spend, and it’s not their money, they’re always going to end up spending it … even if they’re spending that money like a drunken sailor at a strip joint.

As I read this, the United States Congress popped into my head. If you think about it, this is the biggest group of executives in the land and their main duty is to sit around and think up ideas, for laws.

Well, what if we already have enough laws? Have we properly considered this possibility? These people go to work every day and sit down and think really, really hard about the next piece of legislation to propose. If they don’t add any laws to the book, then everyone calls them lazy. Is it any wonder that the tax code is 16,000 pages long? Is anyone surprised that you can’t move an inch in this country anymore without consulting a lawyer?

We’ve been making the rules more and more complicated every day for 200 years and it’s only going to get worse. As the law becomes more complex, we’re all worse off. Doing business becomes increasingly difficult. Freedoms are eroded.

Maybe the fact this current congress is only naming post offices is a good thing? Maybe it’s time we put a cap on the size of the book of law? For every new law that gets added, an old one must be repealed?

Maybe congress should stop legislating altogether and shift all of its efforts towards executive oversight. At least for a little while. Let things settle.

I just did a search for “Which country has the most complex laws” and I arrived at this essay. You’ll never guess which one he says is the answer:
The world’s least-free country

One Response to “Doing for the sake of doing”

  1. Adam Says:

    Sing it sister. I wholeheartedly agree.