Big Fat Government, Getting Bigger & Fatter


We are paying for more and more people to regulate everything we do and then tax us for doing it. Is there no point at which we will say, “Enough?”

“…Despite efforts to freeze non-security discretionary spending, the budgets of federal regulatory agencies are increasing in both 2011 and 2012. The estimated cost of running regulatory agencies in 2011 is $54.9 billion, a 4.3 percent increase over 2010 spending. The president’s budget requests an additional increase of 3.0 percent in 2012, for a total regulators’ budget of $57.3 billion.

“…The number of staff employed on regulatory matters is growing at a rate of about 10,000 new regulatory employees per year in 2011 and 2012. The number of full-time regulatory employees is expected to reach an all-time high of 291,676 in 2012 (see Figure 2). Additional employees at the Department of Homeland Security make up more than 65 percent of this total staff increase…”

Read here: Cost of Running Agencies to Tell us What to Do and Then Tax Us for It