The Silicon Greybeard lends his sharp analysis regarding the ever-increasing mountain of utterly useless federal regulations polluting the Nation.
A year ago, I asked, “How Many Federal Crimes Did You Commit Today?“, quoting author Harry Silvergate from Reason Magazine saying the average person commits three federal crimes per day. Don’t think that not knowing if something is illegal is any excuse; there are many people in jail who had no idea they were doing anything wrong.
The register Code of Federal Regulations hit a record 163,000 pages in 2009 and the number of pending regulations costing more than $100 million has more than doubled according to Heritage. And once on the books, regulations are almost impossible to get rid of. One regulation that’s been requested for elimination for over four years, says Heritage, is one that treats “milk as an ‘oil,’ thus requiring dairy spills to be treated as hazardous. According to the agency, exempting milk from the regulation will save dairies around $1.4 billion over the next 10 years.” And yet this regulation still sits on the books four years later, even with the support of the Obama administration in getting rid of it.Now, according to the Center for Fiscal Accountability, when we add in the costs of [implementation] of just Obamacare over the next ten years the costs soar another $230 billion per year.
Not including the costs of premiums going up – which is already the case for many people.
Now The Money Quote:
The 163,000 ++ page Code of Federal Regulations must be cut down in size. I swear you could throw out 3/4 of it and not negatively impact a single person’s life – except for the lawyers and prosecutors who would need to find honest work.
Go and read the whole thing at the link. We need to petition Congress to start removing regulations instead of compounding them. - Guffaw