November 2009-Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) regulations
December 2009-Natural Gas Pipeline safety regulations
January 2010-Visa regulations
February 2010-Organic Foods Program regulations
March 2010-Credit Card regulations
April 2010-Residential Water Heaters regulations
May 2010-Coal Ash regulations
June 2010-Truth in Lending regulations
July 2010-Revised ADA regulations
August 2010-Bedbugs and Pesticide regulations
September 2010-Portland Cement regulations
October 2010-Truck regulations
November 2010-Perfume / Fragrance regulations
December 2010-CAFE standards, MPG regulations
January 2011-New Cuba Travel regulations
February 2011-"Conscience protection" rules for health care providers
March 2011-Menu and Vending machine rules issued
April 2011-Tougher Painkiller regulations
This ubiquitous level of federal governmental involvement in almost every aspect of the lives of American citizens seems anti-Democratic and certainly anti-liberty. Worse, Obama’s regulatory activities reek of a know-it-all, know-better-than-you kind of attitude that's un-American and certainly hostile to the laissez-faire kinds of policies that, in the past, spurred our nation to grow. Obama is championing an unabashed and rather dramatic new growth in government’s influence and control over virtually every aspect of our lives.
Regulatory reform is desperately needed in the federal government. For example,it takes some 7 years for the federal government to construct a new building because of the difficulty navigating all the time-consuming and expensive regulations. An astute leader would be willing to reduce the stifling bureaucratic process and regulatory regime that throttles all infrastructure projects in the US. In this way, projects could hire builders and construction teams more quickly; projects would be completed faster, at less cost too. But that is not what Obama does.
Instead, in January 2011, after a mind-boggling two years of ever greater strangulation of the economy through regulation, Obama does lip service to the idea of regulatory reform and calls for a top-down review of all federal regulations to determine which, if any, need to be reformed. And then, in typical, hypocritical, Obama-contradictory fashion, he delivers a State of the Union Address a week later that adds no less than a dozen, new regulations that he wants to impose on Americans.
The Obama Administration does not seem to understand that federal regulations have a cost, both in implementing and reporting as well as a cost in lost opportunity. Many of these regulations are shrouded in smugness and imply that the regulations are intended to make us into better people-- and that somehow those in the Obama Administration know what criteria are important to make us better people. Unbelievable!
Innovation, competitiveness, job creation and economic growth have traditionally been the hallmark of our great nation. But the effect of these new, governmental regulations will throttle those once uniquely American virtues. Permanently higher unemployment, less rapid business creation leading to far less innovation will be the result. Our economy is going to continue to be smothered, and small businesses will continue to be strangled until a new, and more capable, national leader emerges to roll back the self-imposed regulatory destruction that Obama has unleashed.
On the other hand, for any company that manufactures red tape, this is going to be a bumper year.