How far you can cut the red tape and still meet expectation is in the eye of the beholder. It's a matter of measuring public outcry versus economical savings whilst maintaining the charade that all is well.

When does reality of the situation become too much? Does the government realize if and when they have gone too far? Is it the mounting costs of litigation and ongoing insurance claims that clue them in? Is it when public outcry turns to civil disobedience, like the recent demolition of…