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Why have we adopted Simplify as the unifying theme for our campaign? Because:

It shouldn’t take you days of work or hundreds of dollars to do your taxes.

The tax code shouldn’t be so complicated that it makes sense for rich people to pay an accountant millions of dollars to get tens of millions back and end up paying a smaller percentage than the rest of us.

When you’re opening a gym in New York City, you shouldn’t have to spend $50k to prove you’re not actually opening a brothel!

New England and Puerto Rico shouldn’t have to import LNG from Russia because shipping  laws make it prohibitive to ship US gas.

We shouldn’t allow modern day versions of the “Cubic Air Ordinance” (designed to criminalize Chinese renters) prevent us from building the housing our communities desperately need.

Overzealous historic preservation shouldn’t prevent us from addressing housing shortages, or combating climate change, or from building what might become the architectural gems of the 2020s to save parking lots.

Our meat supply shouldn’t be in danger because of complex “safety” regulations written by large meat processors and having nothing to do with safety and everything to do with offing smaller processors.

It shouldn’t take thousands of dollars and up to three years to get a green card for your spouse (I experienced this personally).

Why are we spending vast sums to deny foreign professionals such as doctors the opportunity to enrich our country?

Because of the crisis, we’ve partially waived a tangled web of restrictions on allowing healthcare workers to cross state lines and do telemedicine.  We should get rid of them completely.

A nurse shouldn’t have to EMPLOY A DOCTOR to allow the nurse to give someone a diabetes shot.

We need to stop spending billions of dollars to criminalize victimless acts like sex work and low-risk drug use which burdens law enforcement, clogs our courts, and ruins people’s lives.

We shouldn’t need to circumvent a thicket of obscure legal doctrines to prosecute police when they’ve committed acts of brutality.

We shouldn’t countenance regulations which cause shortages of technical training by keeping skilled professionals out of the classroom.

Should you really need to worry about your chef’s hairstyle to get a good restaurant grade?

Regulations like these are a huge waste of money, of time, of life.  They breed special interest and corruption. We need to get rid of them.  And when we consider new regulations, no matter how well-meaning, let’s consider whether they add real value, or just complication.  

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