Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
September 5, 2006
LAW: Got Red Tape?

I dare anyone to read this Third Circuit opinion, detailing the Byzantine federal and state regulatory regimes governing Pennsylvania milk farmers, and not come away feeling more libertarian than they were before. This is the 21st century; there is absolutely no reason to have any of these rules. If a business' profits is threatened by price wars, let them happen and shake out the weak producers. If the business is cyclical, there are plenty of financial hedging strategies available even to small businesses like family farms through today's banking business. And if retailers are worried about price gouging, they can sign long-term contracts. Milk is big business. The market can handle it just fine.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:34 PM | Law 2006-08 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

I look at it from a different point of view. If they widened the margins, single spaced and duplex printed, they could get the 55 page document down to maybe 18 pages, saving lots of money and storage space. Of course, they could simply write, "What a stupid way to run a business." and print it on a postcard.

My favorite dumb decision was not the tomato is a vegetable ruling, whihc is kind of like making pi = 3, but one about 20 years ago, (from the USSC) that I don't live on Long Island, but simply "Long," that it is not an island; just an extension of the "East River Estuary System." And here I thought No Man Was an Island (sorry).

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at September 5, 2006 1:13 PM

I'm all in favor of leaving the laws the way the are, just so that we can get another opinion that had the phrase "Unfortunately, cows do not work that way".

Posted by: Dave at September 5, 2006 11:23 PM

Perfect example of why the free market system works so well. Yes, some could be hurt if subsidies were removed, but the greater good would be served in lower prices and more competition. Spock said it best, "the needs of the many outwiegh the needs of the few."

Posted by: maddirishman at September 6, 2006 2:05 PM
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