3.22.2011

A Written Response to Max Borders' Video On Our Compulsive Urge To Regulate

The events of the past month have been quite overwhelming, hence a month(ish) long gap between posts.  This one is a little out of the ordinary, but easily explained - my position at Rottman Drilling has gone away and I am currently without work.  In accord with my on-going journey toward better health and fabulous fitness... I am leaping on this opportunity and gift of time and redirecting my career... so long engineering - hello health and wellness.  Starting next month, I will be going to school to become certified in massage therapy!  No more preventative maintenance on machines, tools, and equipment... now my focus will be preventative maintenance (and repair) on the human body.  I'm excited about the new doors that are opening and embracing the new path life is taking.  As I am without job and Matt is working reduced hours - I, like many other students, am in search of all scholarship opportunities.  As a result, I am utilizing this post to submit my entry for one particular scholarship that hits very close to home.  I am writing a response to a video posted by Max Borders in which he explains how the current issue of extreme regulation is stifling entrepreneurial opportunity and the growth of small business is suffering at the hands of special interest groups, "moral do gooders", and politicians.  For those of you that know me, Matt, and the struggles at Rottman Drilling Company - you understand just how serious this topic is.

Click here to watch Max Borders video.

Click here to read more about the book to which Max Borders contributed, New Threats To Freedom.

The following is my response to Mr. Borders' video -

In Max Borders’ video, he identifies the risk that overzealous regulation can pose to freedom.  I agree with much of what he shared and will exemplify his argument with a very personal story.  My husband and father-in-law, and their twenty employees are on the verge of watching the doors close to their 83 year old family business.  They are victims of a state government that thrives on regulation, a government that is unable to admit the long-term effects of their quest for immediate “hidden tax” income. 

Mr. Borders indicates that the new entrepreneurs, the “saplings”, have very little chance to survive under such heavy regulation.  I would like Mr. Borders to know that it is not only small saplings that are suffering; the 83 year old oak trees that have weathered competition, tough economic situations, and a changing work ethic in the work force are struggling too.  Three generations have continued to make strong business decisions and keep the doors open through everything that they’ve faced.  Exponential increases in red tape and regulations combined with a fragile economy have created a perfect storm that even the “oak” can no longer weather.  To remain complaint with new diesel regulations, the company was forced to replace a three million dollar fleet of trucks.  There is one employee on staff fully dedicated to monitoring the fleet usage, hours, and fuel consumption of every unit to ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations.  The office manager spends more than 50% of her time monitoring the ever-changing employee laws, often learning new ways that the state is requiring more money be put into the system and less back into the business.  Every year, there are new laws that require a dramatic shift to how business is done, the way employees are paid, and the way the fleet is monitored.  My husband and father-in-law are at a point where they are suffocating under the stifling burden of complying with every possible regulation that is placed upon them.

I agree with Mr. Borders when he says that we need to get the government out of the way.  Give the people back their freedom, put the power back into the hands of the entrepreneurs, the businessmen and women, and the workers.  The alternative to where we are now is far better than current circumstances.  If this trend continues, small businesses will continue to close their doors or leave the state.  The immediate cash grab that is being sought will result only in bankruptcy.  Small business cannot keep up with all the regulations that are heaved upon them.  Reverse the trend; get the government out of the way.  Fewer constrictions encourage more creativity, more entrepreneurs, more growth and jobs.  Ultimately, more freedom. 

Mr. Borders, I would LOVE a bottle of your black market BBQ sauce.  Do you happen to know anyone that is in need of a water well?  Or perhaps a 2006 drilling rig with 7800 miles on it that is no longer compliant in California?