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Friday, August 26, 2011

REGULATORS RIDE!

“In periods of high unemployment, an increase in labor demand due to regulation may have a stimulative effect that results in a net increase in overall employment.”
-assistant EPA administrator Mathy Stanislaus

President Obama in July spoke to various hispanic groups including La Raza and he said something very true which I agree with:
“I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own… The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. But that’s not how — that’s not how our system works.”
The problem is, they were just words. President Obama then turned and did exactly what he reassured these people he would - and could - not do. He ordered ICE to not deport illegals unless they are heinous criminals or serious troublemakers. Not that they were doing much of it to begin with, but this is exactly what he said he'd not do: bypass the law to implement his own ideas.

This isn't new. President Obama has for his entire term of office so far been bypassing congress and violating the system he spoke of in July. Here's a breif rundown of the executive branch gone wild:

  • The EPA classified milk as oil, which requires dairies to build special containment facilities and have special environmental hazard cleanup equipment on hand, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Milk technically contains some oils, and that was good enough for EPA head Lisa Jackson.
  • Push for the Food Safety Enhancement Act which passed, requiring farmers to grow crops in "sterile areas, surrounded by 450 foot buffers, so that they are not exposed to other vegetation, runoff water, birds, beasts, or wildlife of any kind."
  • Require all farms to create and implement "food safety plans" which are subject to warrantless searches at any time by the EPA under the same act.
  • Plan on implementing new dust reduction standards which would cripple or bankrupt many farms and ranches
  • Set up a scheme that pays farmers to stop growing food and plant trees on part of their land instead
  • Propose a new requirement on boilers which would cost an estimated 800,000 jobs by crushing and shutting down businesses who cannot afford the changes
  • Classify burning woody biomass from the forest floor the same as coal and under the same restrictions, even though if left to rot on the forest floor it emits the same carbon
  • Permit the sale of up to 15% ethanol in gas blends, which car manufacturers note will damage and destroy existing car engines
  • Attacked Libya without congressional approval as the War Powers Act requires

Oh, but there's more. The EPA, frustrated by congress refusing to implement the "cap and trade" debacle is simply imposing it on their own:
The new rule has been in development for several years but the first phase of compliance hits utilities in 2012. WPS [energy provider Wisconsin Public Service Corp.] said it won’t have time to install pollution controls by next year at its plants, but will be able to comply by purchasing credits from other utilities that have cut emissions.
In other words: you buy carbon credits to make up for your emissions over a certain level which is exactly what cap and trade consists of.

All in all, regulating agencies have seen their budgets grow by 16% under President Obama, so far. regulators have hired more than 3% more workers than the rest of the federal government, already the fastest-growing sector in the economy.

According to Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), in this year alone, nearly 350 new regulations have been imposed, costing $65 billion in total costs. So far. In one month alone the Obama administration piled almost ten billion dollars in red tape on businesses. And as John Merline notes in that article, they're just getting started:
And much more is on the way. The Federal Register notes that more than 4,200 regulations are in the pipeline. That doesn't count impending clean air rules from the EPA, new derivative rules, or the FCC's net neutrality rule. Nor does that include recently announced fuel economy mandates or eventual ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank regulations.
Supposedly when Barack Obama filled in for a real professor in constitutional law classes, he'd skip the parts about separation of powers. Apparently he found them annoying and in the way of real change and a fundamental transformation of America.

These agencies are not elected, have near-absolute power, and are nearly unaccountable. As Mark Steyn puts it in After America (courtesy Right Wing News):
In such a world, there is no “law” — in a sense of (a) you the citizen being found by (b) a jury of your peers to be in breach of (c) a statute passed by (d) your elected representatives. Instead, unknown, unnamed, unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats determine transgressions, prosecute infractions, and levy fines for behavioral rules they themselves craft and which, thanks to the ever more tangled spaghetti of preferences, subsidies, entitlements, and incentives, apply to different citizens unequally.
President Obama has already been held in contempt of court by a federal judge for blatantly violating the constitution and imposing his own will through the executive branch agencies. The law? Who cares. Separation of Powers? Whatever. Constitution? Well it was wrong anyway. President Obama has a higher calling, a greater source of power - himself.

I apologize for hammering this nail again, but this is something that needs to be repeated across the nation as often and insistently as possible until the next election when we can do something about it. If we don't, well I do not suppose there's much future for the nation as we know it.

And people wonder what the Tea Party Movement is so upset about.

1 Comments:

Blogger Philip said...

Tossing in some irony here: the groups that the President is trying to cater to are still unhappy, because his actions only apply to the 300,000 illegals that are in the deportation process.

5:43 PM, August 26, 2011  

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