Editor’s Note: The powers the federal government, including President Obama, have usurped are NOT AUTHORIZED powers under our Constitution. These powers are wielded without the permission of their lawful owners… We The People. He is very much like the “Wizard of Oz” chiding us to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. The fear we have of him, and them, is a figment of our imaginations, and an illusion. Trust the One who granted those rights to us, do what is right in God’s eyes and we will be rewarded by the God of perfect justice.
One of the ways that Barack Obama has changed America has been through his power to create regulations. During his time in office, he has unleashed an avalanche of these rules that are affecting nearly every area of our lives. Now, in his final days, Obama plans to crank up his regulatory state to an even higher pitch.
A new report by The Hill revealed that Obama has released his regulatory schedule and done so without fanfare hoping that few will notice.
“The fall Unified Agenda,” The Hill writes, “suggests Obama has no intentions of slowing down the process during his final year in office.”
Obama is pushing hard to implement banking rules, securities rules, union rules, communications rules and environmental rules among a slew of others, all in hopes of cementing them into place before a new president–perhaps even a Republican–can come to office and scrap them.
The push comes to a chorus of criticism.
“The American economy has just said ‘Uncle, please quit,’” Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum (AAF), told the media on Friday.
The paper noted how extreme Obama’s regulatory scheme has been thus far in office.
“The center-right policy group said the administration has finalized about one rule a day since Obama took office and estimates the compliance costs associated with those rules to total about $700 billion,” The Hill wrote. “Holtz-Eakin said Obama’s regulatory impact could be even more damaging in the coming years if the president accelerates the rulemaking process now.”
All this is at a marked contrast to the hoary claims that Obama made when he first came to office in 2008. He claimed that he intended to cut regulations, but never has he made any attempt to do so.
Even in the ramp up to his re-election Obama again claimed that he would cut regulations.
In 2011, Obama released a plan claiming he would cut regulations and reduce the burden on the business sector. Not long after, Obama operative Cass Sunstein praised Obama claiming that his plan would work “to eliminate unjustified regulatory costs and to reduce burdens.”
Yet only months after touting how he intended to cut regulations, Obama broke the law by refusing to submit his plans to Congress as required by law.
In the end, none of this cutting was ever done. Obama has only increased the power of the state costing Americans billions in compliance costs. By some estimations Obama’s avalanche of regulations cost Americans some $80 billion every year.