Wishful Thinking for Fairness

I wish…

That whatever rules, regulations and laws, our lawmakers passed applied to everyone, without exceptions.

At the Federal level all laws would apply to all persons in all 50 states and perhaps districts (like the District of Columbia) and outlying territories.

Same for State, County and City levels.

Today I have two examples of these exceptions.

At the local level, our City and County have monthly hearing for Zoning Changes which are exceptions to the big master plan.  This is handled by a Board of Zoning Appeals and the public meetings are mostly a formality to rubber stamp a request.

The Average Joe and Jane Citizen has no idea what is going on even if they read the agenda which is written in code and shorthand but is available online. Here is an agenda from last month.

Why create zoning rules and regulations that are supposed to control the mixture of business and residential land use if we are then going to bypass the plan with exceptions?

One solution would be to simplify the entire plan.

I’m not saying eliminate a land use plan.  I’m saying make it simply, so simple a 5th grader can read it and understand.

But what I believe is a worse offense to fairness is at the Federal level.

An online search using Google, Bing and DuckGoDuck uncovered many false claims that Congress has exempted themselves from the recent health care reform and student loan repayment, there were a few items I found that are worth looking into:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/02/03/Seven-Laws-You-Have-to-Follow-but-Members-of-Congress-Dont

http://news.yahoo.com/congress-exempt-several-federal-laws-220911901.html

I also read about the 1000+ exceptions or waivers granted to “organizations” who want to opt out of the health care reform and the official White House response.

Clearly, all is not clear and I am simply suspicious of all politicians of any party that allows exceptions to apply to anyone that does not apply to all of us.

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