It takes a lot of rules to run a big government. That is one of the most basic arguments for conservatism, and it’s playing out in the Obama administration. In fact, according to CNSNews.com, the Obama administration has averaged 68 new rules per day for the last 90 days. That total comes out to 6,125 new regulations. The report states:
In the past 90 days, it has posted 6,125 regulations and notices – an average of 68 a day.
The website allows visitors to find and comment on proposed regulations and related documents published by the U.S. federal government. “Help improve Federal regulations by submitting your comments,” the website says.
The thousands of entries run the gamut from meeting notifications to fee schedules to actual rules and proposed rule changes.
Some of the most abundant of these rules comes right out of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), adding new regulations to laws, such as the Clean Air Act, along with the FDA, setting forth regulations, concerning canned fruit:
In recent days, for example, the EPA posted a proposed rule involving volatile organic compound emissions from architectural coatings: “We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act),” the proposed rule states. “We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.”
Another proposed rule will provide guidance for FDA staff on “enforcement criteria for canned ackee, frozen ackee, and other ackee products that contain hypoglycin A.” (Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica; unripened or inedible portions can be toxic.)
Giving substantial power to departments and agencies with unelected officials that can dramatically alter commerce through rules and regulations instead of legislated and debated laws is a dangerous road to walk down for America. These officials and ‘rule makers’ will never face an election, nor have to deal with public opinion. They are simply allowed to do whatever they want with the freedoms of the people as they see fit while facing little resistance.
Last thought: How many employees, man-hours, and tax payer dollars did it take to figure out the appropriate level of ripeness of the Jamaican ackee fruit, which me must assume was a grave concern in the past, for the American people?