Across the nation as of Jan 1, 2010, 40,000 new laws went into effect from texting to tanning bed usage to trans-fat's in fried chicken. What this means is that there are 40,000 ways in which or overseers have further eroded our liberties and restricted our freedoms......you know, for our own good because we're too stupid to look after ourselves.
The media constantly harp about government "getting things done" for the people. Passing laws that limit our activities is what they mean by that. And these laws almost never, ever get rescinded. They just keep on restricting our lives in all kinds of intrusive, ridiculous ways. This is precisely why I love gridlock in Washington and in our local governments too. The more time lawmakers spend unable to "get things done", the fewer of our liberties get taken away by the all-powerful nanny-State.