A simmering bowl of alphabet soup stirs childhood memories of finding culinary comfort on a cold winter day. But as outside temperatures begin to drop and the rhetoric begins to heat up in our nation's capital, the dangers lurking in the alphabet soup of our federal government's regulatory agencies (EPA, OSHA, NLRB, and FCC to name just a few) could spell something far different for our nation’s economy: t-r-o-u-b-l-e.
After Republicans claimed massive electoral victories this November with voters revolting against the leftist agenda of the Obama administration, many Americans breathed a sigh of relief that we would no longer be force-fed a heaping helping of big government, higher taxes, and out of control spending. In January, new voices will arrive in Washington with the powerful message that the foundations of our future prosperity are rooted in the spirit of the individual, not the power of the state.
The news of divided government in Washington is welcomed since liberal Democrat’s expansionist government policies will now be d-o-a. As a result, much attention is now being focused on the Republican agenda and whether Washington will be consumed by gridlock in the lead up to the 2012 campaign. But an overlooked threat remains from the Obama administration and their leftward allies who are as determined as ever to advance as much of the very same agenda that was resoundingly rejected on Election Day.
Not long after the Democrats took their electoral “shellacking,” John Podesta, of the George Soros funded Center for American Progress, suggested that "one of the best ways for the Obama administration to achieve results...is through substantial executive authority to make and implement policy."
While we should rightfully be concerned, we shouldn't be surprised. President Obama’s top appointments have demonstrated an aggressive interventionist approach from federal regulatory agencies. Now it appears that is all the White House has remaining. Since losing a Democratic majority in the House and clinging to a diminished majority in the Senate (with nearly half its caucus members up for re-election in 2012), the Obama administration is turning its sights to the only lever of power remaining under their control -- yes, those very same federal regulatory agencies.
What the White House couldn't get passed when Democrats controlled both chambers in Congress, it is now pursuing through far-reaching administrative action in spite of the negative impacts on job creation.