I don't view the National Fire Protection Assn (NFPA) nor the NEC panel as your typical fat cat bumbling federal bureaucrats. They are true experts (NOT Government workers but professionals in the electrical field) and the finest minds in the business who have worked, learned and dedicated their lives to electrical safety and some changes in the code are because of a fire or a life was lost so its investigated and improved.
How do I know this?? Its because in my day I have attended their seminars and workshops, I have talked to them, I have read their treatises. It was in the day of the likes of Joe McPartland and Mike Holt etc who are NOT Bureaucrats but electrical contractors and educators.
So again I say to Billy Bob and Bubba (NOT you) if they have a method they know is safer and better then the NEC says and they are willing to bet their life on it GO FOR IT
Thanks for your input