The Over Regulated United States
Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 14, 2014
The Washington Examiner posted a story of regulations gone wild within the United States. It included a photograph from Utah Sen. Mike Lee Facebook page that shows 80,000 pages of rules and regulations created in 2013 by unelected bureaucrats who work for the federal government. On top of the case that includes these voluminous pages is the small stack of papers that are all of the laws passed by Congress and signed by the President during the same period.
This comparison is an indication that the Country is being run by unelected bureaucrats, which was never intended by the Founders or included in the Constitution. It also goes a long way in explaining not only the ongoing problems of our economy, but of the greater country.
The problems of the ever-increasing regulations go beyond the resistance they add to the economy or even the more general problems they cause to society. These regulations also give powers to bureaucrats endangering personal liberties and freedoms. However, the ever-increasing number of regulations should not come as surprise. As government and its employees grow, they are often rewarded based on finding societal problems and then solving them through regulations. Whether these regulations hurt or benefit the Country rarely plays in the equation.