Re: A paperwork delight
"The proposed rules are laden with paperwork and bureaucracy. So the good guys get the expense and hassle for no reason as they'd be complying anyway. And the bad guys will just continue to be bad guys - they're not going to document the fact."
I may, of course, be misinterpreting the intent of this statement. I am, after all, an Idiot :-). However, both specifically and in general I (personally and entirely of my own view, not intending any broad sweeping statement to which I assume or require others to comply or with which I expect them to agree or indeed disagree) have issues with the logic expressed.
I've seen similar points of view expressed in a number of fields. To pick one, deliberately selected with the purpose of being highly emotive, I've seen it expressed in the US debate over gun regulation. To paraphrase:
"Gun regulation is a Bad Thing(tm), because it only hurts law abiding folks, since Bad Guys(tm) will get hold of guns in Bad Ways(tm) anyway, so regulation is a waste of time. Oh, and Bad(tm)."
The same argument could be mounted against tax regulations:
"The excessive red tape and regulations place an unnecessary burden on law abiding and fair minded businessess, who will of course comply in any case because they're, like, Law Abiding(tm) and Fair Minded(tm). The businesses who aren't will just hire shster lawyers,and find ways of cheating. So the regulations are a waste of time."
In the absence of rules and regulations, there are none to break. So in such a situation there are in fact no Bad Guys(tm). In the presence of simply and briefly expressed regulations, there are too many ways of attempting to claim issues of interpretation, 'they didn't really mean that', or 'it doesn't apply to me'. As examples I could cite the various interpetations of 'Thou shalt not kill', or even the purpose and intent of the Second Amendment - but I left my asbestos underwear at home, so I won't. And I didn't, so there :-P.
I would suggest that any attempt to express a regulation sufficiently concisely and clearly to eliminate or at least minimise the potential to misinterpret, evade or otherwise stand aside from it is likely to carry with it what some might consider 'excessive red tape'. But at least it reduces the potential number of 'innocent' Robert Fords, however much some might think Jesse James deserved it.