Former U.S. Court of Appeals judge and U.S. senator James L. Buckley, in his book "Freedom at Risk," reports that the Code of Federal Regulations consists of 225 volumes containing 35,367 pages of regulations, with record-breaking thousands and thousands being added by the present administration. That is why The Heritage Foundation titles its study on the escalation of red tape "Obama's Torrent of New Regulation."
No wonder The New York Times ran a report this past year titled "With Obama, Regulations Are Back in Fashion."
The Wall Street Journal reported just last week: "Business leaders say an explosion in new regulations stemming from the president's health-care and financial regulatory overhauls has, along with the sluggish economy, made them reluctant to spend on expanding and hiring. Companies are sitting on nearly $2 trillion in cash and liquid assets, the most since World War II."
Fourth, don't ever forget that Obama's call for a review of government regulations is coming from a White House that has expanded the federal government more than any administration since the Franklin Roosevelt administration.
Fifth, does anyone find it peculiar that the president essentially is ordering a review of the productivity of government expansion after he already has been in the process of greatly expanding government for two years? Isn't that something like chicken roadkill asking itself whether it should cross the road?
Ed Mills, an analyst at investment firm FBR Capital Markets, captured the true motivation behind the president's executive order to review government regulations, when he said, "This is all about political protection."
Bottom line: If business execs across the country agree that this White House has created an "explosion in new regulations" and Obama is ordering a review of them, in short, the president has just ordered a study supporting and proving the efficacy of socialism in the U.S.
Mr. President, how can you "make sure we avoid excessive, inconsistent and redundant regulation" when you have pushed aside the broken and bankrupt health care programs Medicare and Medicaid and created Obamacare? Or is having three socialized health care systems not "excessive, inconsistent and redundant"?
It's time to realize the wisdom of your predecessors, like that of Ronald Reagan, who said, "Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem."
And if Reagan seems too partisan for you, then consider the wisdom of James Madison, who said, "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined."
Or Thomas Jefferson: "Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given them. (The Constitution) was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect."
(To understand the eight major problems ruining our nation and the solutions to those problems as prescribed by the Founders of our republic, please read my New York Times best-seller "Black Belt Patriotism," now available in a paperback expanded version.)
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