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The Regulation of the American People

Texas Chris Wrote: Jul 30, 2012 1:24 PM
It is important to note that the total number of pages of regulation on file, the SIZE of the Federal Registry, has not decreased since the end of WWII. It has increased by 20,000 to 80,000 pages every year since about 1950. Ironically, our freedoms have decreased at exactly that same pace.

With the role of red bureaucratic tape in hampering small business just in the news, we thought we'd take a historic look at how many pages of new rules and regulations the federal government spits out every year.

Or rather, in each year beginning with 1936, because that's all as far back as we could find the data! Our chart below visualizes what we found.

Generally speaking, with the exception of the period of World War 2, we find that the federal government used to be pretty well contained when it...