Happy New Year folks from Pittsburgh! We’re here as a family for two purposes. First, we’re checking out housing for our oldest daughter, Aubrey, who’s been accepted to the physician assistant program at nearby West Liberty University. And we’re attending a wedding for the son of dear friends in downtown Pittsburgh.
Last night we were eating at the Marketplace Bar and Grill and several of Pittsburgh’s finest, men of the “thin blue line” came in and chatted with me and the family. I’m always so humbled to shake the hands of our everyday heroes, our law enforcement officers and first responders, God bless them. And you could just feel the relief and excitement as they know the atmosphere in America will change in their favor. We should never ever again have an occupant in our White House who demonizes and disparages our Blue Knights.
And we should never ever again have anyone masquerading as a president who does everything possible to undermine our economic growth. I truly believe within the next year we shall learn more about what went on in the Obama White House. And there will be information that will simply turn our stomachs — of course most will have been shredded or otherwise destroyed, but someone will retain some records…trust me. Regardless, here’s proof, following up a previous post, that Obama has done everything to burn down the house of America.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, “President Obama’s lame duck administration poured on thousands more new regulations in 2016 at a rate of 18 for every new law passed, according to a Friday analysis of his team’s expansion of federal authority.
While Congress passed just 211 laws, Obama’s team issued an accompanying 3,852 new federal regulations, some costing billions of dollars. The 2016 total was the highest annual number of regulations under Obama. Former President Bush issued more in the wake of 9/11.
The proof that it was an overwhelming year for rules and regulations is in the Federal Register, which ended the year Friday by printing a record-setting 97,110 pages, according to the analysis from the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The annual “Unconstitutional Index” from Clyde Wayne Crews, CEI’s vice president for policy, said that it was much higher under Obama than under former President George W. Bush.”
“The multiple did tend to be higher during the Obama administration. Bush’s eight years averaged 20, while Obama’s almost-eight have averaged 29,” said his report, first provided to Secrets. His index is meant to show that it is the federal bureaucracy, not Congress, that levies the most rules. “There’s no pattern to any of this, since the numerators and denominators can vary widely; there had been 114 laws in 2015, and a multiple of 39. The multiple can be higher with fewer laws, or with more regulations, holding the other constant. The point is that agencies do the bulk of lawmaking, no matter the party in power,” he wrote.”
When Barack Obama said he had a pen and a phone he meant it. However, the issue is that we live in a Constitutional Republic, not a constitutional monarchy. It means government is established and operates under the consent of the governed, not as subjects to be ruled, but as citizens to be governed.
And it’s not up to the legislative branch, the most powerful of our three, to just acquiesce to an all powerful executive and give them any and every thing they want.
Obama decided to operate as a ruler (and not one capable of governing). Obama demanded to have his policy and agenda accomplished not by legislation, but by executive order and fiat. The end result is that we’ve had unelected administration bureaucrats who are dictating an agenda and punishing the American people, forcing them to bend to their ideological whims.
We don’t have representative governance. What we now have is a form of hidden taxation without representation. Many of these rules and regulations appear out of the clear blue and those in the private sector, especially small business owners, haven’t a clue as to what’s happening…until they’re told they are in violation of some rule or regulation.
They contact their duly-elected representatives who haven’t a clue or the ability to affect these rules. But, what these representatives should do, especially in the House of Representatives, is to cut the budgets of these government administrative bureaucracies equivalent to the financial burden their unconstitutional regulations are imposing.
For those who study the Constitution, you know about the “Origination Clause” which states in Article I, Section 7, Clause 1 the following, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”
This is why we need men and women in Washington DC who understand the Constitution, as the executive branch doesn’t have the enumerated power to generate any measures that raise revenue…which is just another example of the unconstitutional actions of one Barack Obama.
The good thing is that these executive actions can be reversed, and we’ve previously shared the top ten regulations and the cost to businesses that should immediately be repealed. If we are to stimulate economic growth in America, we cannot continue down the path of the expansive bureaucratic administrative state stymying businesses by way of hidden taxation.
The mountain of red tape does nothing to improve our economic standing but the good news is this new Congress may be introducing and passing the REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny), “(Sec. 2) States that the purpose of this Act is to increase accountability for and transparency in the federal regulatory process by requiring Congress to approve all new major regulations.
You can read the full text of the Act here.
This piece of legislation will be one of the critical pieces to get passed in the House and Senate and over to President Trump for signature. Next week the new Congress will be sworn in — make sure you call and demand that the REINS Act is one of the first major regulatory reform pieces of legislation passed. There is so much damage that’s been done. The new Congress and presidential administration do not have the luxury of time to dither.
Eight years later, we now firmly know what the fundamental transformation of America means…and remember that February 2009 Newsweek Magazine cover article, “We are all Socialists now?” I have a simple answer: nuts!