Framing an ‘Abuse-of-Crisis Prevention Act’ to Confine the Federal Government

7 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2022

Date Written: September 15, 2022


The COIVD pandemic of 2020 represented the third, not first, economic shock of the 21st Century to which the response has been rampant political predation, with no consequences for the perpetrators. Limited government, already largely exiled, cannot withstand further such insults. An "Abuse-of-Crisis Prevention Act" is necessary before the next major shock befalls us. There are several steps that must be taken.

Title I entails regulatory liberalization and phase-out of the administrative state; Title II requires policymakers to foster household intergenerational wealth rather than federal intergenerational debt; and ends their self-serving helicopter government custodial care of able-bodied adult countrymen; Title III fosters business and corporate "doomsday prepping' and extreme "rainy-day" resilience to prevent rent-seeking and the federal/state flash-policy knee-jerk reactions that will otherwise happen automatically; Title IV entails restricting "emergency declarations," so called, plus implementing sweeping insurance market reforms to privatize readiness to the ultimate degree; Title V entails a fulfillment of state sovereignty that looks beyond mere unrealized "federalism." Finally, Title VI calls for the harsh discipline of political predation.

What is commonly called "reset" today is instead an expansion of already-in-process increasingly arrogant coercive progressive policies. In contrast, and not exhaustive, the six legislative "Titles" outlined herein mark the beginnings of a genuine reset, which necessarily entails a restoration of limits on centralization and appropriate discipline of political leaders' attempts at exploitation of crisis.

Keywords: COVID, Administrative law, regulation, agency, public administration, transparency, disclosure, guidance documents

JEL Classification: A1, K2, k21, k23, k32, H10, H12, H13, H4, H50, H60, L1, L12, L4, L5, L50, L51, L52, O3, O4, O43

Suggested Citation

Crews Jr., Clyde Wayne, Framing an ‘Abuse-of-Crisis Prevention Act’ to Confine the Federal Government (September 15, 2022). Available at SSRN: or

Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. (Contact Author)

Competitive Enterprise Institute ( email )

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