Allen B. West

White House stuffs in 3,415 regulations before Thanksgiving holiday

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I know just recently we had the quarterly report of 3.4 percent GDP growth — I will await the revised number, because that always seems to come when no one is looking. And speaking of when no one is looking, the bureaucratic turkeys in Washington will be doing their own stuffing before the holiday.

As Fox News reports, “While Americans are focused on what delicious foods they’re going to eat for Thanksgiving, the White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda– marking the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday. The federal Unified Agenda is the Obama administration’s regulatory road map, and it lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Under President Barack Obama, there has been a tradition of releasing the agenda late on Friday– and right before a major holiday. “It’s become an unfortunate tradition of this administration and others to drop these regulatory agendas late on a Friday and right before a holiday,” Matt Shudtz, executive director of the Center for Progressive Reform, told The Hill newspaper.”

This is just another indicator of how we are drifting further away from being a Constitutional Republic with a representative democracy. Instead we are becoming a burgeoning bureaucratic state run by unelected, faceless bureaucrats.

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We are still in a very tenuous economic recovery, and yet this is how our federal government says “happy Thanksgiving” to small business owners and Americans. We focus heavily on tax and monetary reforms to restore the strength of our free market economy. But there are a couple of other vital reforms, which are necessary: regulatory and governmental reform.

I recall a House Small Business Committee hearing with Cass Sustein — husband of Samantha Power. When I queried him about his position as “Regulation Czar” he responded that increased regulation stimulates the economy. Of course I was beyond perplexed so I asked him how — his response was that increased regulations mean more jobs to ensure regulatory compliance.

So there you have it — just as Nancy Pelosi once quipped food stamps increase spending and economic growth. You can’t make this stuff up folks. This is why regulatory reform is directly related to governmental reform.

The sad thing is average Americans have no idea about the “incoming barrage” of regulations and the effect upon their lives and livelihood. But the almost Pearl Harbor-like sneak assault release of these regulations is absurd.

Fox says “The White House’s regulatory agenda for spring 2014 was released on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, when millions of people set out on weekend getaways or family vacations. But the White House may have a good reason to do so because its Unified Agenda for fall 2014 includes some 3,415 regulations– more than the last regulatory agenda, and one that includes 189 rules that cost more than $100 million. One of the most contentious rules is the Environmental Protection Agency rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants.”

So it is written and so it is done — and where was the representative voice for the American people and businesses? It’s highly disturbing these faceless bureaucrats can make these excessively costly rules without any debate.

“The president said his policies were on the ballot, and the American people spoke up against them,” said incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. “It’s time for more listening, and less job-destroying red tape. Easing the burden already created by EPA regulations will continue to be a priority for me in the new Congress.”

What happens once again — just as with the sugary drinks tax in Berkeley, California – is the superior progressive socialists know better for us all. “The good news is that we can afford to tackle the growing threat of climate change and, really, we can’t afford not to,” said Starla Yeh, a policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Doing the right thing will save money even as we protect our health, our communities and future generations.”

Just as we wrote previously about the people in a far away room who decide language and redefine America, who are these people who decide what is the “right thing?” Funny, I was under the belief that was why we had elections in the first place — to select our representatives to make legislative decisions — not unelected individuals operating under some misconceived sense of benevolence a la French economist Frederic Bastiat.

Fox says, “a more pressing EPA rule set to be finalized is the so-called coal ash rule for coal-fired power plants. A final rule will be issued by Dec. 19, and could be bad news for the power sector, which will bear the brunt of $20.3 billion in compliance costs. But probably the most fought-over rules to be finalized by the EPA next year will be its redefining of the “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The EPA will issue its redefinition next year, according to the agenda.

I cannot fathom the level of disrespect and disregard for the American people that would lead to the federal government releasing 3,415 new regulations right before a holiday – Thanksgiving at that. You must admit the hypocrisy is telling.

But what is also telling is the long term ramifications for our economy, and as we head into what may be another brutal winter, energy costs for our low to middle income families, many of whom are already struggling.

You see, the problem with the bureaucratic state is that its faceless members do not care and do not represent the people — just their own agenda of “what is right.” They don’t see the faces of those who will bear the brunt of their unilateral decisions. They don’t hear the voices of those crying out from under the weight of the regulatory state — especially while they’re entertaining at their swank cocktail parties.

These faceless bureaucrats threaten our economy. They threaten our free market economic system. They threaten the indomitable entrepreneurial American spirit. And most egregious of all, they endanger our Constitutional Republic.

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