|The Original Red Tape, Fort Delaware, Pea Patch Island, Delaware|
In the United States and Great Britain red tape
refers to unnecessary rules and regulations
that hinder things from actually getting done.
The origin of red tape dates back to the 17th century
when government documents actually had to be tied in red tape
or they were returned.
You even needed to tie a request for more government red tape in red tape.
Things haven't changed much.