By: Mark Hyman
Politicizing the IRS (here, here, here), the Justice Department (here, here), and other government agencies is deeply troublesome. Never before has there been such misuse of government agencies. But all of the blame shouldn’t be placed on the Obama Administration.
There wouldn’t be such abuse if the federal government hadn’t grown so large. And so out of control. It was Democrats, Republicans and Independents who grew government much too big. With too many rules and regulations.
Understand that government only gets bigger and more powerful at the expense of the freedoms and the liberties of the individual.
About 300 federal laws are enacted in a typical year. However, about 3500 federal regulations are put into effect annually. And many have the effect of law.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute analyzes the effect of federal regulations each year [see ‘Ten Thousand Commandments 2013’ here]. For 2012, the cost to Americans to comply with federal regulations topped $1.8 trillion.
3,708 new rules – one every 2 ½ hours – went into effect at a cost of $14,678 per family.
Many regulations stifle business, limit individual freedoms, damage job growth and just don’t make sense. Consider the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s designated carbon dioxide a pollutant. CO2 occurs naturally. Every time we exhale.
But big government doesn’t care about facts or reality. Or jobs, businesses, or people.
Government should be small enough that we could drown it in the bathtub. [Hat tip to GN]
Mark Hyman hosts "Behind the Headlines," a commentary program for Sinclair Broadcast Group.