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Last week I attended a dinner meeting that was sponsored by one of our biggest part suppliers.

 

There was there an opportunity to collectively discuss the local status of the industry. Many were complaining that customers are not maintaining their cars, that they don't replace worn parts even when they are presenting a safety issue, etc. etc., etc.

 

For some background and context, New Jersey discontinued doing safety inspections back in August of 2010. They only do emission inspections now. Back then, the state inspectors would check brakes, suspension, lights, wipers, glazing, etc. This created a tremendous demand for auto maintenance and repair, it was the regulatory actions that assured the demand for our industry.

 

When the point came up to lobby the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, there was tremendous opposition from the majority of the crowd. From the " I don't get involved in politics" to the "I am a Libertarian and hate government regulation."

 

Funny enough, the ultra rich owners and controllers of Insurance companies are not against government regulations when they know the regulations the legislature pass is in their favor and benefit their pockets.

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I can only speak for myself, I believe as government expands, freedom diminishes. Add that to the fact that anything the government gets involved in slows down, becomes bloated, and becomes many times more expensive. Remember " The ACA will save families up to $2500.00 ?", Well my health care is much different now, I had to give up may old coverage, my doctor and the cost has doubled. Now Florida is bracing for a 20% rate hike in 2017. Providers are dropping like flies, so the less government the better.

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so the less government the better.

 

I agree with you.

 

But that is not the problem. Imagine someone trying to fix an emission related problem without knowing the difference between a combustion issue or a hydrocarbon evaporative malfunction?

 

And that's what we have with government, 99.9% of the people are completely ignorant as to the fundamentals of government!

 

Just witness a simple process at a municipal court. People do not know how to protect themselves from corrupt government people, not how to achieve their will.

 

Look at the marijuana issue, it's through sheer mass will that they will repeal those laws, the majority of the people do not agree with what has happened with government and pot. Just like with alcohol and prohibition.

 

You want less regulation? You want less government? Get educated in civics, law, ethics, etc. then get involved and push back.

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