Every society needs to have a set of laws. We need to have federal, state, and local laws but these laws should only exist to protect the life, liberty, and property the individual. Occasionally, I will hear a seemingly well-intentioned person utter the phrase: "There should be a law against that."
We have so many laws and regulations on the books that it is almost impossible for most people to make it through the day without knowingly or unknowingly breaking the law.
Is it making society better? Our nation has a higher per capita rate of incarceration than any other nation. Think about that: The average American is more likely to end up in prison than the average North Korean.
The federal government is now seeking to regulate what children under the age of 16 can and cannot do on the family farm. Never did the words of Ronald Reagan ring more true:
Government is not solution, government is the problem.
Many of our leaders believe that the answer to all our problems is to create more laws and regulations; I do not. I believe that that the government has grown far too intrusive.
As state Senator, I will oppose new laws and regulations which restrict personal liberty and economic freedom. I will seek to remove unnecessary existing laws and regulations brought upon us by overzealous lawmakers.