Regulating the Regulators
On top of all the moral problems with regulation is a logical problem. Why are regulators more trustworthy than other people? Of course they’re not, and they don’t even have their own self-interest at stake (vs. say a businessman who is accountable to both his stockholders and his customers). So it turns out we now need overseers to check up on the regulators to watch the productive.
“Congress needs an independent analysis of whether the institutions that are responsible for protecting investors are keeping up in a fast-changing marketplace,” Mr. Grassley said yesterday in a statement. “It’s been a long time since there’s been this kind of thorough review. The integrity of our financial markets and, in turn, the well-being of individual investors depends on checkpoints that stop insider trading and manipulation.”Unless we reject the whole idea of preventive law, ultimately this type of regress will end up with one person working and everyone else making sure he’s honest!