Federal regulatory burden hits $1.17 trillion

The cost of federal regulations to American citizens, businesses and state and local governments has reached $1.17 trillion, according to a report just published by the Washington, D.C.-based Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). This equates to some $3,849 for each man, woman and child in the country. The same report found that the “Federal Register,” the government publication that is the compendium for federal rules, now stands at a staggering 79,435 pages!

The alarming cost of federal regulation, which serves as a millstone around the neck of businesses and state and local governments, is in addition to the soaring direct cost of the federal government, as evidenced by the projected federal spending level of $4.004 trillion in the current fiscal year, with a deficit that will climb to $1.845 trillion this year, and a national debt that already is almost $11.5 trillion.

But not to worry. President Barack Obama admits he “loses sleep worrying about the deficit.” Sort of like an alcoholic worrying that he drinks too much, as he reaches for another drink to drown his worries.

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Michael H. Smith

June 19th, 2009
8:09 am

Do you think we’ll ever have a regulation Czar? I mean, with all that regulation shouldn’t someone regulate the regulations? Oh, silly me, what was I not thinking. That is the job of Congress.

With that thought in mind, whose job is it to regulate Congress?

Guess we voters know why the costs of regulations are so staggeringly high?

All the regulation we need is enough to keep the honest, honest and all the crooks in jail.


June 19th, 2009
8:15 am

“But not to worry. President Barack Obama admits he “loses sleep worrying about the deficit.” Sort of like an alcoholic worrying that he drinks too much, as he reaches for another drink to drown his worries.”

HAHAHA. That’s the funniest quote I’ve heard a loong time. Nice one sir!

20 years in Gwinnett

June 19th, 2009
8:25 am

I won’t be impressed until he’s losing his JOB.


June 19th, 2009
8:26 am

Unfortunately, for each one of us who realize the impact of this on our society and lives there are 10,000 who don’t care and/or don’t have a clue and they also vote!


June 19th, 2009
8:36 am

So I guess what we need is to can all regulation and save that money, right? Just trust the bankers and Wall Street and the food producers and the manufacturers and everybody else to look out for your interests. We don’t need no stinkin’ government protection!!


June 19th, 2009
8:46 am

But I thought conservatives had all decided that “deficits don’t matter!” (Or does that only apply when a Republican’s running it up on defense boondoggles?)

At any rate: Yes, we’re spending a lot on regulation… and not getting enough for our money. Time to tighten up this system and get MORE regulation handled MORE strictly and MORE effectively, for less money if possible.

Surely that was your point, right Mr. Barr? After all, it would be pure foolishness to suggest that we need LESS regulation after seeing what that does to our economy.

Chris Broe

June 19th, 2009
9:12 am

Just as Marie Antoinette ruined it for the rest of the monarchs, W has ruined it for the rest of the presidents. The GOP handed over America to Obama in the same condition the Confederacy handed over the South to Lincoln in 1865. Hell, they shot Lincoln after he failed to solve the South’s “problem” in 100 hours. (forget 100 days). Well, he WAS the prez, it most certainly was his fault, as this economy is Obama’s fault, him being the prez and all.

That’s a fine bit o’thinkin’, Mr. Barr.

Bob Barr’s only chance is the big lie. He’s trying to win grass root support by taking pot shots at a transfer of power that is looking more and more like switching horses in mid-stream.

The country is vulnerable and gadflys like Barr are biting away in order to dismount the riders. (He can mount the steed if’n it makes it to his side of the stream). The only problem is that the country’s the one that gets rode hard and put away wet.

Bob Barr’s faintly veiled ‘12 campaign is like an ox who has straddled a fence, not able to kick one way or gore the other. No, that’s wrong… It’s more like a chicken who plays one farm’s rooster against another, until the fox eats most of the hens…no, that’s not it either….okay, Bob Barr is like a gadfly who persists in biting the horse he’s crossing the stream on, with the danger being that both will get washed away….

Aw, he’s just another ex-cia potted plant the Saudis are shoving up our flag pole to see if anyone salutes….look what the Saudis did for white house table-setter Cheney.

Well I ain’t salutin’. (and the fork goes on the left).

C'mon Bob

June 19th, 2009
9:29 am

Relax with the hyperbole there, Bob. I’m glad the Feds are finally making sure toys from China no longer contain lead. Now if they could just clamp down on e coli in our food…

Northern Songs Ltd

June 19th, 2009
9:38 am

With that thought in mind, whose job is it to regulate Congress?

It’s the voter’s job – but we keep returning the same swill to Washington, year after bloody year.

Michael H. Smith

June 19th, 2009
10:13 am

You have the to love the crowd that always says MORE, MORE, MORE, is better. LESS can mean MORE, if it is better. All better requires is EFFICACY to be BETTER not MORE.

Michael H. Smith

June 19th, 2009
10:15 am

Northern Songs Ltd

June 19th, 2009
9:38 am



June 19th, 2009
11:06 am

Regardless of the negativity about Obama, we are so much better off now that the barbarian criminals are out of office.

Will Jones - Atlanta

June 19th, 2009
11:49 am

“the barbarian criminals” must be tried and fried, for 9/11 and false war, to establish justice in The Land.

Prosperity, by “Annuit Coeptis” shall ensue.

We Georgians can send a signal for our countrymen to follow, of American Election and Exceptionalism undimmed, by making Max Cleland our governor.

Bush and Cheney committed 9/11 to expropriate our wealth and power to their treasonous faction. Their lackeys in Georgia must be removed from office and only the righteous considered as candidates.

Cleland honored the Nation in uniform. Let us honor him now, for he is the only 9/11 Commissioner who quit in the face of the fraud and treason we all know took place.

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

How do we get from this financial meltdown to prosperity?

We must punish and expropriate those who put us here.

“Man up” Georgia. Namby pambies and Pollyannas step aside. It is time for justice that our children’s children’s posterity be secured as free and noble Americans, neither slave nor slavemaster.

Death for Treason


June 19th, 2009
12:09 pm

Damn those people who want a safe food supply! Damn them all to heck!


June 19th, 2009
12:15 pm

Next thing you know, they’ll want clean water and breathable air.


June 19th, 2009
12:24 pm

after the drunken drivers we had in the white house and executive office building the past few years, i’ll settle for someone that’s not crashing the car and killing the kids, thank you very much.

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June 19th, 2009
1:01 pm

Trudy, I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but there are still barbarian criminals in office. Let’s look at the transparency that was promised, ooppps not there. Lets look at the promise that all bills will be online for 5 days before a vote is take, oooppps not there.. Lets look the promise to give me 800 billion; otherwise unemployment will go over 8%, guess what they got the money and we will have over 10% unemployment this quarter. Gietner wants the power to just take over a public company if he feels like it may go under, that is far worse for the economy than letting go under. By the way has Gietner ever run a business, NO, so how would he even know if there is a problem? I love all this Change we can believe in crap, Obozo has not kept one promise and has lied about everything he is done so far. How can you spend 800 Billion and not create one single job? Easy give it to the Obozo administration. I wonder is you liberal Obozo supporter will ever look at the facts and quit day dreaming about a naked Obozo in your bed. Look at the actions not the words, they are two completely different things from this administration….

Jim Callihan

June 19th, 2009
1:46 pm

Bob – good effort. Sad to say, most Americans cannot fathom the implications of what you’re saying without filtering it through “red pill, blue pill” prescriptions. As Michael Parenti explains, when anyone is presented facts, they first “overlay it” upon their EXISTING IDEALOGY. Where it goes from there depends on many other factors of influence.

Facing so pre-disposed a group, how do you explain, in detail, the problems that effect ALL Americans? You sure can’t do so in a “snippet/blog”. The “mind-controlled, sound-bite driven, ADD” public seldom reads anything of substance or reads at all.

Obviously there are certain types of government regulation needed, but what your article doesn’t say (assumed to be understood by your readers???) is that most all regulations from the federal level are already provided for on the State level. Throw in County, City and “District” levels (power, water, “special taxing districts”) and you get the general waste of duplicated services and NO inter-agency communication; Bob – I get it…GOOD POINT!

And from now on, anyone seeing and reporting a “structure fire”, will first have to disclose their voter registration history, their stance on illegal/usurper Barry, whether they think “Bush kept us safe” or covered up an inside job on 9/11, etc. Meanwhile, BURN, BABY, BURN!

Will Jones - Atlanta

June 19th, 2009
2:35 pm

“they first “overlay it” upon their EXISTING IDEALOGY[sic]”

Bothered reading “The New Pearl Harbor,” yet?

Does not compute?

Bush and Cheney committed 9/11. Barr, in public forum, refused to even acknowledge this proven truth. Shall you do the same?

Turd Ferguson

June 19th, 2009
2:50 pm

Maxy boy will not make the cut for Gov…just get used to it. *POOT*

Will Jones - Atlanta

June 19th, 2009
4:07 pm

Should the People of Georgia activate, the Governor shall be who the People make Elect.


June 19th, 2009
5:25 pm

First the Big O should not say a word about who did what before he was elected. STOP gigging other folks and deal with the problems you won the onerous right to attempt to solve, problems and situations created by ALL previous presidents and for sure, YOU will leave problems for the next chief executive. Secondly, term limits enforced through the ballot is the answer to being able to have a Congress that thinks about what they are doing legislatively. Currently, the primary concern is being reelected and maintaining a position of power. Thirdly, No special retirement or health insurance for Congress other than social security and medicare/medicade if and when qualified.


June 19th, 2009
7:06 pm

What did everyone think the kenyan marxist was going to do when elected? Big difference between an alcoholic and the kenyan. The alcoholic would be a US citizen with a valid birth certificate. Plus he would pay his bills.


June 19th, 2009
7:49 pm

Where were all those heavy federal regulations when the bankers and sub prime lenders got us into the worst financial mess in a generation? The federal government sure has its problems but I think a lot of people have seen recently what private businesses run amok can also do. They just buy off the congressional regulators with buckets of campaign cash. Turn private business completely loose and what you get is what we have now.

Will Jones - Atlanta

June 20th, 2009
7:30 am

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

Study Political Economy, as the discipline was originally intended, before it was split into Political Science, and Economics, to know the Big Picture of societal manipulation and control. Read the Postroad Correspondence of Jefferson and Adams. Truth, like G-d was to America’s Founders, is knowable.

“For the few,” or “for the many,” is the gauge of human motivation: “E Pluribus Unum.”

The known false-elite whose crimes and treason served “the few,” fascist plutocracy”: assassinating enlightened presidents and leaders, debasing our money for private profit, pursuing foreign policy in service to alien interests, and most recently committing 9/11 as the concentration of wealth spirals, must be “corrected” that America be asymptotic with the ideals of The Founding and of Our Creed.

When the norm is Truth and Justice the People and our posterity prospers: “Annuit Coeptis.”

When none is above the Law peace and happiness prevail and reason rules: “Novus Ordo Seclorem.”

When America corrects its errors and chooses fairness toward righteousness G-d’s grace guides us through teachers and prophets, and gives us honest judges.

Righteous government is a gift of G-d that only the People can institute.

Rome’s treasonous “Fifth Column” faction must be expropriated that the People’s equity be recovered, its leaders hanged for treason, constitutional money restored, and its network extirpated.

Banishment and life in prison should be meted out against Bush’s and Cheney’s lower-tier accomplices.

Regulation of order and peace is government’s first duty: the Beast’s “head” in America must be cut off, turned into “star fuel,” perhaps, for the next two thousand years.

There is only One Truth, and One G-d.

May G-d Bless America once more.