Obama Consumer Product Safety Commission appointee Robert Adler displays the mentality that ought to make his boss a one-termer.
Adler writes in today’s New York Times:
Anyone who insists that regulations necessarily impose new costs on society shouldn’t be taken seriously. The costs are already there, in the form of deaths and injuries — and are often as much of a drag on our economy as any safety rule. So the real issue is who should bear the costs.
But Adler sadly fails to offer an example (with numbers, that is) of a regulation that doesn’t cost society — so it’s hard to take him seriously.