The United States is a nation founded on the rule of law. Laws are meant to protect citizens from exploitation by organized interests, secular and religious. Businesses need regulation to protect people from greed. Laws, enforced by the federal government, ensure that citizens' rights do not depend on the vagaries local law enforcement. Consistency is equality.
Government's main job is in property management. It makes the laws and write the leases that corporations operate under. Oil pipelines rent public property to make money for their shareholders. Every other goal — jobs, environment, children — is expendable in the quest for dividends.
The laws are in place to demand due diligence for rental agreements. Security deposits, cleaning fees and other details are hammered out according to law to protect our common wealth. How does renting our property benefit us and our children? Isn't it too messy? And antiquated? Who profits? Our state is negotiating the lease for a pipeline to rent public property.
This is why choosing lawmakers is critical to freedom.