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The scope of federal government spending and deficits is sobering. Yet the government’s reach extends well beyond the taxes Washington collects and its deficit spending and borrowing. Federal environmental, safety and health, andeconomic regulations cost hundreds of billions—perhaps trillions—of dollars every year over and above the costs of the official federal outlays that dominate the policy debate.
Highlights of the report:
• Total costs for Americans to comply with federal regulations reached $1.806 trillion in 2012. For the first time, this amounts to more than half of total federal spending. It is more than the GDPs of Canada or Mexico.
• This is the 20th anniversary of Ten Thousand Commandments. In the 20 years of publication, 81,883 final rules have been issued. That’s more than 3,500 per year or about nine per day.
• The Anti-Democracy Index – the ratio of regulations issued to laws passed by Congress and signed by the president – stood at 29 for 2012. That’s 127 new laws and 3,708 new rules – or a new rule every 2 ½ hours.
• Regulatory costs amount to $14,678 per family – 23 percent of the average household income of $63,685 and 30 percent of the expenditure budget of $49,705 and more than receipts from corporate and personal income taxes combined.
• Combined with $3.53 trillion in federal spending,Washington’s share of the economy now reaches 34.4 percent.
Please take a moment and think about the figures that I put in bold. Every time a new law or regulation is written, the federal government has a little bit more control over our lives. As the power of the federal government grows, the opportunities to abuse that power also increase. And, think about the costs. Think of all these laws and regulations as a huge anchor that the private sector economy has to drag along while it tries to grow.
There is a small favor for which we should be grateful. There are so many laws and regulations that the government can not possibly enforce them all uniformly. Imagine if the government agencies like the IRS, the EPA and, OSHA had enough enforcement agents to make every citizen and business to comply with the letter of every regulation. The economy would come to a screeching halt. And so, the laws and regulations are selectively enforced. And, that in itself is a form of tyranny.
Go read the rest, it is truly sickening
the premiums are going higher and higher, the tax burden is increasing, fuel prices are not going down, making everything cost more. And the regulations by the EPA will certainly spike energy prices, and now, another regulation in Obamacare will make your trips to the grocery store even more expensive
The nasty effects of Obamacare just keep on coming. Today it’s grocery stores complaining about a costly new rule that could raise the cost of doing business. As usual, those costs will be passed along to the consumers.
Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from the new health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience store owners — to the tune of $1 billion in the first year alone.
Store owner Tom Heinen said the industry’s profit margins already are razor thin. “When you incur a significant cost, there is no way that that doesn’t get passed on to the customer in some form,” he said.
The rule stems from an ObamaCare mandate that restaurants provide nutrition information on menus. Most in the restaurant industry were supportive of the idea, but when the FDA decided to extend the provision to also affect thousands of supermarkets and convenience stores, the backlash was swift.
The proposed regulation would require store owners to label prepared, unpackaged foods found in salad bars and food bars, soups and bakery items. Erik Lieberman, regulatory counsel at the Food Marketing Institute, said testing foods for nutritional data will require either expensive software or even more costly off-site laboratory assessments.
Lieberman said failure to get it right comes with stiff penalties: ”If you get it wrong, it’s a federal crime, and you could face jail time and thousands of dollars worth of fines.” (Read More)
Well, what do you expect. the government cannot do anything without screwing it up can they? All in the name of :controlling costs” and helping the little guy. Helping the little guy to what? Get into poverty? God help us because things are just going to get worse.
Bob Owens brings us the Director of Communications for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, a radical Left Wing group that hates gun owners and self-defense rights. This is Ladd Everitt, gun-banning Leftist tool, and Marxist Moron!
This is Ladd Everitt, my fellow Americans. He has a very low opinion of you.
I don’t know any anarchists, and I know a lot of shooters.
While I’m certain that there are anarchists that own firearms, we typically find that anarchists align themselves socially with the radical far left. You know… Ladd’s people.
While anarchists oppose law in general, legal gun-owners, concealed carry permit holders in particular, tend to be more law-abiding than the average citizen. That CCH holders are more law-abiding than the average citizen is an objective fact not open to interpretation. Ladd’s assertion that gun-owners promote or condone anarchy is absurd on its face, but that is to be expected from a man who lies as a profession.
The statement “Criminals don’t obey laws, so why should we have any?”he cites is a lament repeated for decades not just by gun owners, but by small businessmen,homeowners, people who drive cars, are sexually-molested at airports by federal employees, and just about anyone else who has seen intrusive government regulation strangle the law-abiding, as real criminals go unpunished.
He’s also no student of history, or at least he’d prefer to rewrite it.
Go read it all. People like Everitt are enemies of liberty, no other way to put it. They actively seek to deprive us of the most basic human right, that of self-defense.
The EPA, ans well as other federal agencies are control freaks that are, oddly enough, completely out of control. David Forsmark at Front page Magazine has the break down on strangulation by regulation
In his lively new book, Regulators Gone Wild: How the EPA is Ruining American Industry, environmental consultant Rich Trzupek tells us exactly what the harm is by ripping off the cover of the nice-sounding rhetoric and exposing the bureaucrats terrorizing American job creators for the boobs they are.
In essence, Trzupek reveals that federal environmental regulations no longer focus on preventing harm to people. He explains the regulatory process has become more important than the results, eco-bureaucrats look on industry as the enemy of human health, fear has replaced science in the policy-making arena and — perhaps most importantly — the punishments handed out by regulators are almost always wildly out of proportion to the seriousness of the “crimes.”
Go read it all, and this might be a book you want to pick up. Rick Perry has been harping on the need to reign in the EPA, as well, as many other federal agencies, some of which he would eliminate entirely. Other GOP hopefuls have struck a similar chord, although Perry has been the strongest, and most detailed on his reform plans. Perry is correct, the economy IS the biggest issue facing us today, and over regulation is likely the biggest obstacle that must be eliminated if the economy is to grow.
We talk about the governments spending addiction, and cutting out, or at least slimming down and reforming federal agencies is a great way to cut into that spending.