The National Center for Policy Analysis discusses Wayne Crews's article called "Tyranny of the Unelected."
Congress passed and the president signed 125 bills into law in 2009. Your tireless federal regulatory agencies were even busier: They issued 3,503 rules and regulations, says Wayne Crews, a vice president at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
- Regulations considered in recent years have included energy-efficiency standards for clothes washers and pool heaters, SUV emission rules and the Consumer Product Safety Commission's designs to regulate escalators as a "consumer product."
- The year's Federal Register — the daily depository of federal regulations — already tops 61,000 pages.
- According to research conducted for the Small Business Administration by economists Nicole V. and W. Mark Crain, annual off-budget regulatory costs exceed $1.7 trillion, an amount equivalent to more than half the level of the federal budget itself and on a par with the stratospheric annual deficit.
Read the full article at the National Center for Policy Analysis.