President Obama´s hyperactive regulators went on hiatus in 2011 to get through Election Day. Now with his second term secure, they´re about to make up for lost time and then some. The government defines "economically significant" rules as those that impose annual costs of $100 million or more, and the Bush, Clinton and Bush Administrations each ended up finalizing about 45 major rules per year. The average over Mr. Obama´s first two years was 63 but then plunged to 44 for 2011 and 2012 so far. The bureaucracies didn´t slow down. They merely postponed and built up a backlog that
Comments: They have been holding these rules and regs until after the election. Now, kaboom!
The Journal goes on to say it would publish the estimated costs, but that there has been no "unified agenda" of regulations in development published by the Budget Office since 2011, in violation of laws and executive orders that require it be published every six months. The article discusses by category some costly regulations that are expected.
The Republican House holds the purse strings on all of this, and was elected specifically to put an end to out-of-control regulation and spending, yet time again signs off on every last expenditure. Why, it´s as if they´re on the same team (ssssh, someone might catch on).
Perhaps there has been a good, comprehensive, objective study of the dynamics, psychology, and consequences -intended and otherwise- of regulation, but I am unaware of it. There may even be a Theory of General Regulation and a Theory of Special Regulation, for all I know. There is ample material to study here. I wish scholars without (too much of) an axe to grind would enlighten us. We need to know as much as possible, for if there is one thing that is certain, it is that there are endless regulations ahead. Not just from Left wing radicals and collectivists, either. There are Republicans and conservatives who desire to regulate the behavior of others.
I think it must be a matter of temperament, perhaps genetics, brain structure, something like that. Some people itch to regulate others, while some people do not.
Those who crave to meddle in the affairs of others and pass laws to regulate their actions see themselves as fulfilling a duty to mankind, while others see them as intrusive busy-bodies sticking their noses into other people´s business and trying to control them. The problem is that they do not know what they are doing. They do not realize that regulations have all kinds of unintended consequences - and that the intended ones do not always function as desired. Very often they introduce corruption, cheating, hidden practices and networks designed to defeat them. Regulators do not seem to comprehend that human beings do not like to have their freedom of action constrained, especially when money, power or prestige is involved. They fight back. And since the people being regulated are almost always smarter and more motivated than those doing the regulating, the consequences are seldom good.
Don´t forget about the regs that all ´´public´´ swimming pools must have ADA compliant equipment by 01/31/13. That one was delayed when compliance was impossible last year. Part of the regs say that staff must be available to operate and maintain the equipment at all times, or the pool cannot be open otherwise.
On Wednesday Obama Took the First Major Step in a Plan to Ban All Firearms in the United States. The Obama administration intends to force gun control and a complete ban on all weapons for US citizens through the signing of international treaties with foreign nations. --Reuters
When is this usurper going to be impeached? Everything he does is against the constitution and we just sit by and watch him go on. Now he is going to stand up there in Jan. and again swear to uphold the constitution. How much more can we take?
THE DREAM OF owning a winery is one that many may harbor but few are actually able to fulfill. The expense is considerable and the odds of success are incredibly long. Yet the list of actors and athletes, financiers and film directors who aspire to see their name on a label simply goes on and on. (Snip)Even though Manuel Pires was born in Portugal´s Douro Valley wine region, he aspired to own a winery in Napa Valley from his very first visit, many years ago. Why not in the Douro? "Because I am an American," replied Mr. Pires, whose family
A Wal-Mart worker died early Friday after an "out-of-control" mob of frenzied shoppers smashed through the Long Island store´s front doors and trampled him, police said. The Black Friday stampede plunged the Valley Stream outlet into chaos, knocking several employees to the ground and sending others scurrying atop vending machines to avoid the horde. When the madness ended, 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour was dead and four shoppers, including a woman eight months pregnant, were injured.
Vice President Biden promoted local economic development Thursday, and also weighed in on the Senate dispute over filibuster. (Snip)Biden, a Delaware native, visited the new Capriotti´s outpost in downtown Washington, D.C., for a takeout order to be consumed during lunch with Obama at the White House. The vice president paid $56.25 cash for his order. Republicans quickly pointed out that Biden opposed filibuster changes back when Democrats were a minority in the Senate.
Senate Democrats bowled over Republicans on Thursday to win approval for a highly controversial rule change which would limit the GOP´s ability to block nominees. Majority Leader Harry Reid, moving quickly following days of speculation, used the so-called "nuclear option" to pass the change. Typically, major changes like this take 67 votes, but he did it with just a simple majority.(Snip) The late Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., said in 2010 that changing the rules would "destroy the uniqueness of this institution." "In the hands of a tyrannical majority and leadership, that kind of emasculation of the cloture rule would mean that minority
SARASOTA, Fla. — Sarasota police say the husband of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris was found dead of an apparent suicide at the couple’s home. Police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said Tuesday that Harris’ husband, Anders Ebbeson, committed suicide. Officers were called to the home between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Tuesday. During a news conference at the police station, Pastor William Hild of Sarasota First Baptist Church confirmed that Ebbers had taken his own life. Ebbers was a Swedish businessman. Hild, the family’s pastor, says Ebbers suffered from health issues in recent years.
Golf’s governing bodies eliminated penalties for violations detectable only through video evidence such as one that cost Tiger Woods two strokes in a PGA Tour playoff event this year. The rule change, one of several announced today, follows cases where players had been penalized for an infraction only seen when reviewing high-definition replay, often after a television viewer alerted officials. The groups delayed a decision until 2016 regarding the appropriate penalty for instances when a player turns in an incorrect scorecard when unaware that a penalty had occurred. This allows television viewers and others to continue to call in potential penalties they
LANHAM, Md. - Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds is in critical condition and his son is reportedly dead following an assault at his home in Milboro, Va. early Tuesday, reports CBS D.C. Deeds, a democrat, has reportedly been flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center with serious injuries sustained during the assault. According to the station, Virginia State Police say authorities responded to the residence around 7:25 a.m. The senator´s son, Gus, was found dead from a gunshot wound at the scene according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows. This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.The findings were presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in California. "We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender," said Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
DAVID CORN: I saw a president who remains frustrated with the political-media culture that he has to work within, and that he´s looking to rally people, students here, and supporters, and people within the media. CHRIS MATTHEWS: But David Corn, you skeptic. He came to us today. He came amongst us. CORN: He´s trying to rally people behind this vision that he´s been promoting for a couple years. FINEMAN: By the way, he did it the end here, today, Chris, not by defending specifics, but by explaining why he´s in the game to begin with. And I don´t know about you, he´s
The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a