American Elephants

For Obama, Progress Is When He Makes The Rules by The Elephant's Child

President Obama convened his cabinet for a rare meeting on Tuesday, to ask for their help in devising a new round of executive orders to do what he wants. “We’re gong to have to be creative about how we can make real progress,” he said.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said last week he was planning to file a lawsuit against Mr. Obama’s use of executive actions to bypass Congress and legislate from the White House. “The Constitution makes it clear that the president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws. In m view, the president has not faithfully executed the Law,” Speaker Boehner told reporters.

Mr. Obama’s reaction is to blame Republicans for not doing what he wants, and say he will just move ahead on his own.”We’re always going to prefer working on a bipartisan basis to get things done,” Mr. Obama said in one of his more absurd statements. He has made no effort to work with Republicans, and simply expects them to do his bidding. If they don’t, he calls them names.

The Supreme Court has ruled against the administration 20 times, unanimously. Senator Ted Cruz explains. When the president’s own appointees unanimously reject the administrations call for broader federal power, it’s pretty clear that the administration’s view of federal power knows no bounds.

Administrative power has an old and dark history. As early as the Middle Ages, English kings were expected to rule through acts of Parliament and the acts of the law courts. Kings liked the legitimacy of this regular mode of governance, but couldn’t always get what they wanted from Parliament. They justified it as the prerogatives of a king, or absolute power. Constitutional law developed to preclude any such illegal power. Americans knew the English experience with absolute power and feared any recurrence of it in America. Our Constitution precludes extralegal power by placing legislative powers in Congress and judicial power in the courts.  The Constitution emphasizes that “All legislative Powers herein granted” are vested in Congress. It’s a recurring problem.

With immigration legislation dead for the year in Congress, the president said he would use his executive authority to boost border security and would consider additional steps to change the nation’s immigration policies. He faces pressure from immigration activists to grant work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants. He will probably attempt to make adjustments to deportation policy that will shield some illegal immigrants from deportation.

Mr. Boehner blamed the president for the House’s inaction. “In our conversation last week, I told the president what I have been telling him for months: the American people and their elected officials don’t rust him to enforce the law as written. Until that changes, it is going to be difficult to make progress on this issue.”

Are We Sheep, Or Are We Not? by The Elephant's Child

Now pay close attention. Liberals tell us that regulation creates jobs. Pause and allow that to sink in. In the endless debate about how to put unemployed Americans back to work, there is one solution —deregulation— that never gets mentioned by the media, yet if implemented correctly, could provide an almost cost-free stimulus of a trillion dollars or more.  According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), the regulatory burden on our economy is a staggering $1.75 trillion annually.

Last October, Barbara Boxer explained carefully that not only do EPA rules protect the environment, they are an engine of economic growth. Somebody has to do the work of complying with the rules and “industries that provide environmental protection” Boxer’s report says, have “created more than a million jobs.” 54.000 jobs will result from tougher auto fuel economy standards, and as an added bonus, EPA rules provide “business with the opportunity to develop, construct and sell new and cleaner products.” Is that perfectly clear?

On September 30, the Washington Times reported that new greenhouse gas regulations from the EPA will, according to court filings, require the hiring of 10,000 new state level bureaucrats to process permit applications.  At the federal level, it is estimated that 230,000 new hires will be required. Liberals don’t understand why federal jobs don’t count. They have never understood that there in no government money, but only taxpayer money. Government money has no real limits. If they need more, they just raise taxes. You see how it works.

The CEO members of the Business Roundtable were in the nation’s capitol just this last week, trying to explain to members of Congress that regulations were a problem that weighed heavily on business. They listened, but they did not hear. Businessmen have been bringing this message to Washington for nearly four years now, but it does not compute.

During its first three years in office, the Obama Administration unleashed 106 major regulations that increased regulatory burdens by more than $46 billion annually, and nearly $11 billion in one- time implementation costs.  This is about five times the amount imposed by the Bush administration in their first three years. Hundreds more pages of regulations are being added to the Federal Register which stem from the dreadful Dodd-Frank financial regulation statute and from metastasizing ObamaCare.

The regulatory burden harms everyone.  Each regulation involves costs and consequences that are poorly understood by the issuer. Neither Congress nor the Administration keeps track of the number of regulations, their cost, nor their economic impact. During 2011 the Obama administration completed a total of 3,611 rulemaking proceedings, according to the Federal Rules Database maintained by the GAO, of which 79 were classified as “major” meaning that each had an expected economic impact of at least $100 million per year. Regulations adopted in 2011 cost Americans around $10 billion in new annual costs. They don’t have a department for getting rid of excessive regulations, nor anyone in charge, nor any interest in doing so.

Maybe if each new rule had to come back to Congress and be voted on before they took the force of law, something would change.Maybe they need a formal committee for getting rid of regulations. Keep this in mind, and next time you have a chance let your legislators know that you are aware of the problem and looking for action. We can’t just be sheep standing around getting wrapped up in more and more constricting bonds. We’re getting painfully sheared, and we need to take notice.


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