I was non-plussed by story ripping around the web this morning that in New York State we are going to be able to ‘self-certify’ that we can see well enough to drive. This must be a good idea because there were only 30,797 fatal vehicle crashed in the US in 2009. (from Fatality Analysis Reporting System Encyclopedia). Of course, not all these deaths were caused by poor eye sight, but still, given a transportation system that wreaks such calamity on humanity as traveling our highways you’d think we do everything in our power to curb some of that carnage.
NY drops eye test for driver’s license renewal “New York is dropping its requirement for vision tests to make it easier for drivers to renew licenses online or by mail. Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala said in a statement Monday that the change is one of several stemming from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for streamlining by state agencies. Another change is a new Internet application, “MyDMV,” which allows customers to set up personal online accounts to do business with DMV. Starting Wednesday, drivers will “self-certify” that they meet the vision requirement when they renew.” (September 27, 2001) - Webster, NY - Webster Post
Oh well, it must be right because these are dire economic times. We entered a pile of costly wars recently and gave the rich a great big tax break, so we got to streamline our government, which as many believe is just keeping us down. Remember, government is not the solution; government is the problem—or some such nonsense.
What if we just went whole-hog with this streamline governmental regulations thing? We’d save a lot of bucks, and those ranting about big government would just have to shut up. We could take away the speed limit and therefore reduce governmental regulation of our highways. Folks would be able to zip along our highways just a fast as their vehicles could go. They’d just ‘self-regulate’ themselves, even when they had a lot of alcohol to drink. We could also gut the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and let industry dump every undisclosed chemicals where ever they wanted and never be held accountable. They would just regulate themselves. They would ‘self-certify’ that they did all the environmental checks to make sure their products did no harm when they flush their stuff into our rivers and streams.
Then, as long as we are at it, we could ‘self-certify’ that we have looked at the facts behind Climate Change and come up with any answer we like. We might certify that carbon dioxide not only helps plants grow better, but actually keeps us warm and toasty—even in winter.
Why have any laws or regulations for that matter? Each one of us should just ‘self-certify’ that we are millionaires and all the money in all the banks are ours.