Bureaucrat Obama Burying Us In Red Tape


Obama, who says one thing and does another, with glib tongue and Alinsky tactics, has touted his new get-tough policy on over-regulation. He proudly claims that he has passed far fewer regulations than Bush. He is comparing apples to oranges in that Obama’s regulations are massive while Bush’s were minimal.

Obama claimed he was going to have his department cut regulations because they were hurting businesses and costing jobs.

The new rules and regulations from D.C. have poured down upon us since that speech in 2011 with 32 new major regulations which increase regulatory costs by almost $10 billion annually with another $6.6 billion in one-time implementation costs.

That doesn’t include Dodd-Frank, which didn’t even deal with the worst offenders – Fannie and Freddie. It doesn’t deal with the new Obamacare rules being written daily by very far left ideologues whose main goal is control not health.

Heritage: ..During the three years of the Obama Administration, a total of 106 new major regulations have been imposed at a cost of more than $46 billion annually, and nearly $11 billion in one-time implementation costs. This amount is about five times the cost imposed by the prior Administration of George W. Bush…

Then, there are the rules…

…Overall, from the start of the Obama Administration to January 20, 2012, a total of 10,215 rulemaking proceedings were completed. Those included 244 rulemakings classified as “major,” of which 106 increased burdens on private-sector activity. Only 11 major rulemaking actions decreased regulatory burdens. The estimated cost of these new burdens tops $46 billion.

Obama v. Bush. The total number of rulemaking proceedings during the first three years of the Obama Administration (10,215) is slightly less than the total undertaken during the first three years of the Bush Administration (10,674). This led President Obama to assert in his January 2012 State of the Union address that “I’ve approved fewer regulations in the first three years of my presidency than my Republican predecessor did in his.”

But looking only at the total number of rulemakings provides a misleading picture. While some have substantial impact, the vast majority of the thousands of rules adopted each year are routine actions, such as setting payment rates for Medicare or aviation maintenance bulletins.

It is also important to distinguish between rulemakings that increase regulatory burdens on businesses and individuals and those that do not. During the early 2000s, for example, the Federal Communications Commission adopted hundreds of rules related to freeing radio spectrum for commercial use, actions that generally eased government constraints on the private sector. Those rulemakings alone erase most of the gap in total rulemaking between Obama and Bush…