Dem. Governor Claims Fewer Regulations Under Obama Than Under Bush

Dem. Governor Claims Fewer Regulations Under Obama Than Under Bush

February 24, 2012
Originally published in The Daily Caller

From Neil Monro's article in The Daily Caller:

In his 2012 State of the Union speech, for example, Obama claimed that “I’ve approved fewer regulations in the first three years of my presidency than my Republican predecessor did in his.”

Obama’s statement was true, but skewed, because he’s far outpacing Bush in the production of “economically significant” regulations, each of which imposes costs of more than $100 million per year, said Wayne Crews, a vice president for policy and director of technology studies at the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Bush produced 12,587 “final rules” in his first three years, while Obama produced slightly fewer, or 10,810, “final rules,” according to Crews’ data, which is drawn from a federal website, reginfo.gov/public/.