WASHINGTON. November 10, 2013 — There are laws, there are damn laws and then there are regulations.
America is awash in laws, many of them bad. We are drowning in regulations, almost all of which are stupid, illogical and simply bad.
How many laws are there?
Well, it is tough to get an exact count. There are over three thousand criminal laws in the United States Code alone. Even the Library of Congress, which is supposed to keep track of these things, concedes it is all but impossible to know how many federal laws there are.
How many regulations are there? The powers that be cannot tell us how many of those there are either, though we do know from 2009 to 2012, the Obama Administration added over 11,000 regulations.
One of the unheralded successes of the government shutdown was that for sixteen days, the government was unable to publish new regulations.
While the Republicans are not doing much in the House of Representatives, one of the things they are doing is blocking parts of Obama’s agenda, including his war on coal.
What is a narcissistic Democrat with delusions of dictatorship to do?
He doesn’t need Congress to pass new laws. All he needs is his Environmental Protection Agency to issue new regulations and that is what is happening. In September, the EPA announced changes in regulations that would cripple the coal fired power industry. In short, if Obama’s regulations are allowed to stand, it will be impossible to run a coal fired power plant to generate electricity in America.
Let’s ignore the fact that is exactly what Obama wants for a moment. Millions of real Americans are dependent on the electricity those power plants produce. In the south, coal fires numerous power plants that offer southerners protection against global warming or as it is called in Dixie, summer. Even in places like New York City, it gets very warm in the summer and they depend on electricity generated by other coal fired power plants.
Republicans see great political opportunity in attacking Obama for his EPA regulations. Those regulations, just like the Obamacare regulations, will be a disaster for America.
But the Republicans are either blind to the real problem or more likely consciously ignore that problem.
The problem is legislation that is often passed with so called “bi-partisan” support.
All of these pieces of legislation come with what is called, “enabling language.” That is passage in the law that authorizes the heads of the various cabinet agencies to create regulations. And they create regulations with abandon.
Most of the time, Senators and Representatives have no clue what these regulations are. The liberals who love big government don’t need the Congress. All they need is the bureaucracy and an atmosphere that is at least tolerant for the growth of regulation.
That is the problem.
Regulation allows for massive laws and no responsibility from the members of Congress. The violation of some regulations that the average citizen might not even be aware of can be a felony offense.
The solution is simple.
Congress needs to stop authorizing regulations. If a regulation is such a good idea, it should be included in the law. Bureaucrats are not elected officials. They are not accountable to the voters and as America learned with Lois Lerner, they are all but impossible to fire.
Thomas Jefferson warned us about a regulation nation as he helped bring this great nation about. He said, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
We have bad government and we have too much government. Congress needs to defund and eliminate the ability of various departments to make regulations and return law making power back to where it belongs; namely in the Congress.
Jefferson gave us his own opinion of big government and it should chill us all today.
“I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”
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