Saturday, November 29, 2014

Obama Rules Are Coal In America's Christmas Stocking

Funny how this always happens: Right before a big holiday weekend, when almost no one is paying attention, the Obama administration announces hundreds, sometimes thousands, of new regulations.
Early Christmas Season Surprise: 3,000 New Federal Regulations

Earlier this week, news broke that businesses and consumers should get ready for more than 3,000 new regulations that will hit the economy in 2015. The national media yawned.

According to the Daily Caller, the administration's "Unified Agenda for Fall 2014" contains "189 rules that cost more than $100 million." That's a $20 billion a year tax on small businesses, families and corporations.

If you thought President Obama was skirting the Constitution with his amnesty for 5 million illegal immigrants, consider that almost none of these new rules he's pushing have been approved by Congress.
These are powers asserted by the executive branch's alphabet soup of rule-making agencies. Unelected bureaucrats make the rules; you live by them.

The new edicts include everything from the Obama administration's bid to regulate the Internet to the kind of light bulbs you can buy to a requirement that restaurants post the calories on Big Macs, pizzas and muffins.

...Shame on the White House for imposing such burdens on employers and families when finances are tight and jobs still scarce. Shame on Congress for letting it happen.

In January the new Congress should pass the Reins Act. It requires congressional approval of all new regulations costing more than $100 million. It should do so, then cut the budgets of agencies that don't comply.

Last time we checked, Congress still has the power of the purse. It should start using it.

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