- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 47 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: April 14, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J2F623S
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The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Senseless Bureaucracy Audible – Unabridged
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A lawyer himself (a partner at the prestigious law firm Covington & Burling), Philip Howard writes well about how this theme of overlawyering and overgoverning permeates our lives and keeps us from improving our lives as much as we otherwise could. Unlike many who write on this topic, Philip Howard does not take a political side. In 2002, he founded the nonpartisan, nonprofit coalition Common Good whose "philosophy is based on a simple but powerful idea: People, not rules, make things happen." The advisory board for Common Good includes politicians from both parties -- former government officials Senators Howard Baker, Bill Bradley, George McGovern (he's still listed on the website, but died in 2012), and Alan Simpson, and Governors Jeb Bush and Tom Kean.Read more ›
Example: The 2009 economic stimulus package included $5 billion to weatherize some 607,000 homes; the requirement that it also comply with the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act meant the Labor Depart had to decide how much 'weather-proofers' (new classification) had to be paid in 3,000 some counties. The stimulus plan projected that California would weatherproof 2,500 homes/month, but by the end of 2009 the total was 12.
Example: Pulling out a tree blown over by the wind that was causing flooding by blocking a creek required 12 days and $12,000 to get a permit.
Example: The average length of environmental review for highway projects is over 8 years - replacing eg. the Goethals Bridge in N.J. took about ten years for plan approval.
There's no active plan to rebuild America's electrical grid (transformers average 40-years in age, it is not digitized, operates at capacity in some areas --> limited ability to develop alternative energy sources and/or transfer power between areas), primarily because of regulatory issues.
Dr. Berwick estimated Medicare wastes about $200 billion/year, largely because of skewed fee-for-service incentives.
Asking a NYC employee to help a co-worker could violate rigid civil service classifications, promoting him/her for good performance would be unlawful - jobs must be filled by written examination.Read more ›
Howard’s main point is that over regulation has diminished our freedom, depressed innovation, and forced people to focus on the rules and avoid judgement and principle.
He suggests that the 1960s was the turning point, when people came to distrust authority that was unfair – to minorities, women, the environment etc. The solution was rules: specific, detailed laws that would take the arbitrariness out of enforcing laws and regulation.
But this had an unintended outcome. The law became more arbitrary: rules and regulation could be applied randomly. Any suit, no matter how absurd, is heard. Government infra-structure projects take years to be approved and decisions are slowed to a crawl as no one has the authority to say yea or nay, but anyone can find a rule, law or regulation that will allow a challenge. No matter how trivial or unrelated, it has to be heard, after all, we must be fair to everyone.
He gives some horrifying examples of people being mistreated and even dying as nursing home staff and fire-fighters followed the rules without concern for the end result. In one example, the fire chief even applauded the inaction of fire-fighters that led to the drowning of a man. Rules, regulation and the fear of law suit paralyse the front line teacher, nurse, doctor, and bureaucrat.
Howard does a great job of explaining how Congress has become incapable of governing as 14,000 lobbyists representing thousands of interest groups constantly push for rules and laws that will benefit their members.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How great it is to have someone who offers solutions. We should all care and promote the exploration of MR. Howard's solutions.Published 2 months ago by A. Conrad
Love the author, I think his books should be made a required reading to the politicians at all levels, from the City hall to the US senate.Published 4 months ago by The beach bum
I work in government and very closely on rules. Howard's book is an eye-opener that reveals a lot of what's wrong with the current rulemaking process. Read morePublished 4 months ago by bronx book nerd
Nobody on the political scene talks about the problems that Mr Howard sees. Nobody wants to mention the secret that both the left and right depend on to avoid making the right... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Item arrived on time and without any damage.Product was as stated in ad.Published 7 months ago by James S.
If you ever wonder why things are so dysfunctional in Washington, then read this book!Published 9 months ago by William H. Jackson
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