"Economic power is exercised by means of a positive,
by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value;
political power is exercised by means of a negative,
by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction.
The businessman's tool is values; the bureaucrat's tool is fear."
— Novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand



"From all appearances, federal regulatory authorities
have become repositories of fascism.
Little Hitlers are everywhere."
—Paul Craig Roberts

"Most of us -- if not all of us -- are grossly incompetent at other people's jobs. That is why it is so dangerous to have politicians telling doctors, farmers, bankers, entrepreneurs and others what to do." —Thomas Sowell

“The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they [resist] every kind of improvement,” economist and political analyst Ludwig von Mises observed. “They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent.”

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23dec17Time to Get Them Off Our Gravy Train
Sue and Settle Reward Pressure Groups – Hurt the Rest of America

Greg Walcher
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recently issued a directive to end a 20-year string of “sue and settle” cases that have funneled untold millions of tax dollars to environmental organizations. Predictably, those groups and their allies have been apoplectic about it. Many of these groups have grown from grassroots citizen movements to gigantic cash-flush conglomerates, with much of the cash coming from the government they appear or pretend to be fighting.
7apr16Washington's Despotic Lawlessness – No One Even Knows How Many Executive Branch Agencies There Are
Paul Driessen
Officially executive branch agencies issued a staggering 3,554 new rules in 2014, while President Obama signed “only” 226 new laws enacted by Congress. Worse, of the 53,838 formal final regulations included in the Federal Register from 2001 through 2014, only 160 (0.3%) received a “cost-benefit” analysis; we have no idea how the rest affect us.
25feb11 Put the REINS on EPA
Marlo Lewis
Americans live under a regime of regulation without representation. In the modern regulatory state, elected officials enact broad regulatory statutes... However, Congress and the president then delegate to non-elected officials the tasks not only of developing and proposing but also of enacting the implementing rules.
3aug02 Too Many Precautions Will Kill You
Alan Caruba
The Precautionary Principle is the exact opposite of science which requires evidence, clear links and probable cause, and then measures levels of actual or potential risk.
9aug01 The Real Cost of Regulation
John Stossel Investigative Reporter, ABC News
"One thing I noticed that started me toward seeing the folly of regulation was that it didn't even punish the obvious crooks. The people selling the breast-enlargers and the burn-fat-while-you-sleep pills got away with it."
20jul01 Broken Promise Land Revisted
Diane Alden
At the rate our government and certain special interests are going, those who might someday want to build, own or live on the land will not be able to do so. The reason is that land will have been legislated, set aside and regulated out of existence.
16jun01 Ten Thousand Commandments
Wayne Crews
Congress should be held directly accountable for the compliance costs—as well as the benefits—that federal regulations confer.
22may01 Washington's 10,000 Commandments
A new study shows that Washington's burgeoning regulations cost American taxpayers, on average, $7,410 in the year 2000. This amounts to 20% of an average family's after-tax budget.
2apr01 The Bonds of Life
Virginia Postrel
Society depends on rules. But what sort of rules enliven our world — and what sort stifle it? Most of our public debate over rules is about making such detailed prescriptions into mandatory, no-exception laws.
15mar01 Scholar Helps Snuff Out Smoking Ban
Nosy, intrusive government has polarized the dispute between smokers and nonsmokers. As a result, venom has replaced respect and obstinate behavior has replaced common courtesy. It is government, not secondhand smoke, that has poisoned the atmosphere.
7jan01 The Tyranny of Flexible Rules
And Reasonable Regulators
Gene Callahan
Some people want to remedy the current bureaucratic tangle in which America is ensnared by giving regulators more discretion. Callahan says that's exactly the wrong idea.
12nov00 A Chance to Really Clear the Air
Vin Suprynowicz
How are citizens supposed to understand and obey laws so numerous, intricate, costly, and incomprehensible that our delegates themselves cringe at the thought of merely being required to read them?
16jun00 Clinton's Regulatory Miasma
"All told, in 1999, every American family paid about $7,400 a year for the privilege of being watched, controlled, prodded, nannied and governed." Thanks to Clinton, that number could increase this year.
24may00 Delegation and the Constitution
Gary Lawson

The concept that all legislative powers are vested in the Congress and how this has been subverted by the present regulatory regime.[Acrobat pdf file]
24may00 Testimony: The Role Of Congress In Monitoring Administrative Rulemaking
Needed Reform of "Federal" Corporations
What those leftists did not have in mind, however, were what might be called "federal corporations" such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, their favorite left-wing mouthpiece
Standard Accommodations:
The road to universal disability
Pencil Manufacturers Sued
For the past thirty years America's public schools have been producing students who are increasingly less educated.

The Decade of 'Junk Science'
"The 1990s will be remembered for many things. None may be more important to the United States than the "Decade of Junk Science."
The FHA Loan
An actual case

Focus on Canadian toilets
Canada has become a major supplier of illegal 3.5-gallon toilets. These toilets were banned by Congress in 1992 under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, which decreed that henceforth U.S. citizens had to buy 1.6-gallon toilets.

Product Warning Labels
In case you needed further proof that the human race is doomed through bureaucratic stupidity.
Killer Regulations
The NHTSA spin on cars and trucks parallels the mentality of the Clinton administration: Whether it is profits, market share or vehicle platforms, Big is Bad. (Except in the case of government and taxes, unfortunately.)
Flush With The Right To Sit Down In Peace
"The only people who like this new regulation are Al's environmental freaks, who long ago got used to smelling bad, and discovered they liked it."

(also see:

Code of Federal Regulations


from CATO

Regulation Home Page
A definitive guide

Relief Report
Monitors government regulation of people and the economy.

Michigan Lawsuit
Abuse Watch

Marthe Kent, director [then, June 2000] of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's safety and standards program, told a trade publication that issuing a regulation "is a thrill; I absolutely love it. I was born to regulate. I don't know why, but that's very true. So as long as I'm regulating, I'm happy."
[source: Walter Olson in March 2001 Reason magazine]


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