The Oppressive Regulatory State

The Heritage Foundation recently came out with a paper describing the pernicious growth of the federal regulatory state.  Today, we’re largely ruled by administrative fiats from unaccountable bureaucrats, rather than governed by laws debated in Congress – a blow to both democracy and federalism.

How bad is it?

Since President Obama took office in 2009, federal agencies issued 106 major regulations with an annual additional cost to the economy of $46 billion.

3 In 2010, economists with the Small Business Administration estimated that the total cost of America’s regulatory burden reached $1.75 trillion— more than twice what Americans pay in individual income taxes.4

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Treasury, and Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are at the center of this regulatory storm. They alone account for 43 percent of all rules in the federal pipeline.

5 Of the 43 major rules issued in 2010, 10 were based on EPA mandates.6 With the President’s health and environmental initiatives alone, the Obama White House has dwarfed the regulatory agenda of its predecessors.

And that’s just the feds.  Heaven help us in California, where we’re burdened by crazed levels of state and local regulations as well.


About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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