We are having the same arguments with respect to regulations as any issue the politicians have. NO matter what the topic, we can all agree that some rules and regulations are necessary to prevent unscrupulous people from raping and pillaging. But when the gov. inspectors and politicians and union leaders are part of the raping and pillaging, it is foolish to assert that more rules and regulations made by the same unscrupulous people will save the day or improve anything. I have been told many times by these people that "that is just the way it is." Many of them wait for years to get their job through seniority(union) or by appointment(political hack) and then make hay while the sun shines because that is what their predecessor did. They have had a thorough indoctrination into"how things work".
This is a good reason people are up in arms over Paul Lapage in Maine. He is not abiding by time honored seniority appointments or playing by the rules. He wants real world statistics and budgets instead of spin and "well, we need more then last year". The last time an Independent was Gov in Maine(Longley), my uncle was appointed the head of the Sea and Shore Fisheries. Known today as the Marine Patrol. The fisherman generally loved him as he came up through the ranks of officers and grew up on the coast of Maine. He knew their problems and did not have a degree in anything from some Liberal Biology program to brainwash him into saving the ocean one fish at a time. I remember him saying about the days of working in Augusta that they left the next administration with a surplus and the ship was upright and moving forward. The very next Gov(Dem) blew the surplus. Buying votes the time honored way. Budgets through the spend it at all cost method so we can at least get that much next year.
Here in Chattanooga, there is much the same battle going on. This was a manufacturing center(steel mills) and the hub of southern rail lines. It then fell into decay as that collapsed and money became tight. Fiscal responsibility became the norm and the city revitalized and cleaned itself up as it was the #1 dirtiest city in the US. Now with new manufacturing jobs and industry, there is already infighting with "advocates" for the poor and city planners to spend, spend, spend. The immediate infrastructure and services that promote new business is thrown under the bus instantly to promote free goodies and services that add nothing to the financial health of the city. More cops, more fire fighters, more teachers, new schools, better transportation for the low income and new housing as well. And then more of them move in as it is "good" in Chatt. right now and suck up the resources. Just as fast as new talent and producers move to an area with opportunity so do the leeches. And there is a political class waiting to exploit the leeches. The UAW is hard at work to unionize the VW plant as the poor workers are being paid MORE then the average for a UAW plant and they need some of that money for their politics.
I might add that they MOVED a stream bed to build the site for the plant before they GOT the plant to come here. Try that in the Northeast.
And, I also know that Montgomery and Birmingham Ala. got their plants by the same method. They built an industrial site before they had a plant and attracted them with low labor, low power costs, and low taxes. All things the Northeast/Great Lakes region has none of.
The whole region will have to crash, the leeches will have to move on, and then business people will get favorable treatment and rebuild the area. But right now the leeches and taxers are being artificially propped up with the printing press of the Fed Gov.