BOHEMIA, NY, Jan 11 – An avalanche of new regulations in 2013, and beyond, will have a profound impact on each and every American, warns Dan Weber, president of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens.
“For starters, there’s the Obama administration’s latest Regulation Agenda which contains tens of thousands of pages of new rules that will have a more than $123 billion impact on us. The shame of it is that we didn’t see it coming. President Obama’s Regulation Agenda was supposed to be published last spring, but was delayed for no explicable reason until the Friday before Christmas – in the midst of the Holiday Season when no one was looking,” Weber explained.
The AMAC chief noted that in just the last 90 days of President Obama’s first term his administration issued more than 5,500 proposals for new regulations. “So this is just the beginning of a new onslaught we can expect in the next four years.”
John Malcolm, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, said the regulations are pervasive. “They control the cost of the products that you buy, your living conditions, your work conditions, limit the kinds of activities that you can do.”
Weber points out that there are even some direct costs hidden in the President’s agenda. “For example, there’s a $63 per individual fee that we all must cough up designed to raise $25 billion to pay for the admitted chaos in the insurance markets when Obamacare takes full effect. We didn’t find out about this until his list of new rules was published on December 21st.”
Regulations also serve to stymie job creation and economic growth, which will have a damaging effect on future generations, he added.
He said that perhaps Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) was right when he said: “The Administration broke the law by withholding this document due in April until the end of the year, and broke the President’s promise to be transparent by releasing it at a time when they believed as few people as possible might see it.”
Some believe that the Executive Branch occasionally uses its regulatory authority to bypass Congress because sometimes it’s easier to make rulings instead of enacting laws. “Whether they are right or wrong, said Weber, the fact is that under this administration we’ve earned the moniker, Regulation Nation.”
According to the Heritage Foundation, President Obama issued four times as many new regulations in his first term in office than did President Bush in his first four years.
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