Category Archives: Government Regulations

Obama Imposed 75,000 Pages of New Regulations in 2014

Readers of my novel know how this damages America…

Just in the last few weeks, the Obama administration has proposed or imposed over 1,200 new regulations on the American people that will add even more to the already crushing $2 trillion per year cost burden of the federal regulatory machine.

via Obama Imposed 75,000 Pages of New Regulations in 2014.

Obama has Proposed 442 Tax Hikes Since Taking Office | Americans for Tax Reform

Good grief.

Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has formally proposed a total of 442 tax increases, according to an Americans for Tax Reform analysis of Obama administration budgets for fiscal years 2010 through 2015.

The 442 total proposed tax increases does not include the 20 tax increases Obama signed into law as part of Obamacare.

via Obama has Proposed 442 Tax Hikes Since Taking Office | Americans for Tax Reform.

Exclusive: John Cornyn Rips Chuck Schumer’s Media ‘Shield Law’

I write about this in my novel. They are called “Advocacy Networks” approved by the Dear Leader. So now, we see democrats seeking it in reality. Does anyone think this will be different than the IRS targeting conservatives? You must spout the liberal mantra to be approved… which means attacking the Tea Party, gun rights, etc…

“They want to pick and choose which journalists are covered,” the Texan Republican told Breitbart News. “In other words, if you’re a blogger they might not cover you, but if you work for the New York Times they might. Given the changes in the way we get information and the way we consume news, that really smacks to me in essence of government licensing who’s an official ‘journalist’ for the purposes of a shield law and who’s not. If there is one thing I can glean from the First Amendment, it is that government should not be in the business of licensing the news media.”

via Exclusive: John Cornyn Rips Chuck Schumer’s Media ‘Shield Law’.

Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia – Americas – World – The Independent

So Fracking could turn the tables on the Arabs who hate us… Let’s see if the Obama crew get in the way…

“The United States is now poised to become an energy superpower,” write By Robert D. Blackwill and Meghan O’Sullivan, in the current issue of Foreign Affairs magazine.

via Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia – Americas – World – The Independent.

Russian military again flies strategic bombers near Alaska | Washington Free Beacon

So Barry promised the Russians he could be “more flexible” with disarming America after his reelection.  Now we have the Russians flying dangerously close to our protected areas as a means of intimidating this pansy for a President…

This is sickening and threatens the balance of power.  It’s not enough that Barry promotes Islam world wide, weakens our energy production and economy with absurd Global Warming regulations, opens our borders to illegals to inundate our social welfare systems (go garner Democrat votes), expands food stamps and a million other welfare programs (again, to garner Dem votes)…

So, now, he is bending the US over to get a royal screwing by Russia…

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney, a former Alaska Air Command commander, said: “The Russians continue to play the administration like a fiddle, sending signals that they still have a strategic air force and can project power while the U.S. continues to ground alert squadrons and unilateral disarms.”“Is this the administration’s idea of ‘reset relations’ with Russia?” he asked.

via Russian military again flies strategic bombers near Alaska | Washington Free Beacon.

Global warming catches fire – Washington Times

The unintended consequences if inane federal regulations:

Technologies advanced as the solution to the purported global warming problem are catching fire — just not in the way intended. Bureaucrats are quickly learning that their regulatory offerings designed to entreat Mother Nature into bestowing cooler temperatures upon the planet have created environmental hazards of their own.

It’s well-known that the fluorescent light bulbs being foisted on a reluctant public spread deadly mercury when dropped. In March, the administration will be free to enforce a federally imposed ban on the manufacturing of warm, pleasing and affordable 100-watt light bulbs. This will force more highly toxic substances into millions of American homes.

Another hazard is being created for automobiles sold in Europe — and eventually in the United States.

Several German automakers, including BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen, have expressed skepticism toward a European Union mandate telling the firms that their in-car air-conditioning systems must be more environmentally friendly. In particular, they are being pushed into deploying a more politically correct refrigerant known as R-1234yf, which regulators insist is perfectly safe.

Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz sedans, raised the alarm when the firm’s own testing revealed the substance increases the risk of vehicle fires. “In the new real-life test scenario, the refrigerant is dynamically dispersed at high pressure near to hot components of the test vehicle’s exhaust system,” the company explained in a statement last year. “This corresponds to a serious head-on collision, in which the refrigerant line is severed and the reproducible results demonstrate that refrigerant, which is otherwise difficult to ignite under laboratory conditions can indeed prove to be flammable in a hot engine compartment.”

A dramatic video of the test procedure shows the underside of a car using the new coolant bursting into flames under conditions that do not ignite the refrigerant in use today. The danger of combustible air-conditioning systems won’t be limited to the Continent. Our own Environmental Protection Agency is offering automakers substantial credit toward their Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) obligations, which can save big money for companies in the midst of a weak economy, if they convert to more flammable systems.

Government loves nothing more than tossing taxpayer money onto bonfires. In 2009, the administration offered a half-billion-dollar loan to Fisker Automotive to underwrite the production of the $100,000 hybrid-electric luxury automobiles that are beloved in Hollywood. Sixteen of these politically correct vehicles happened to be waiting at Port Newark, N.J., in October when Hurricane Sandy hit. After floodwaters receded, the waterlogged Fisker Karmas burst into flame and burned to the ground. The tendency toward self-immolation was significant enough that it sparked a series of recalls last year.

Instead of worrying about imaginary future cataclysms, regulators ought to consider the real environmental and economic damage their policies create. The left’s favorite trendy technologies, from squiggly light bulbs to electric cars, simply aren’t ready for prime time. The government needs to extinguish its desire to meddle before more harm is done.

The Washington Times

via EDITORIAL: Global warming catches fire – Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: EPA regulates water – Washington Times

Those of you who have read my novel know that I’ve detailed how the executive branch of the federal government has exceeded it’s constitutional confines by writing and enforcing substantive law. We would never allow the police to write their own criminal code. Why do we allow regulatory agencies to write the law they get to enforce?

It’s the definition of tyranny.

So, here is simply the latest example of regulatory mischief.

The environmentalist movement has gone off the deep end. It’s bad enough that the courts have allowed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to declare carbon dioxide, one of the essential components of life on this planet, to be a pollutant. Now the same bureaucratic zealots are going after water itself.

On Friday, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II appeared in federal district court in Alexandria to contest the EPA’s use of the Clean Water Act to punish Virginia and Fairfax County for sending too much water into a watershed. “These regulations are expensive, cumbersome and incredibly difficult to implement,” Mr. Cuccinelli said. “And if we can’t stop this from happening in Fairfax County, it’s bound to happen across the state over and over again and at a huge price tag to the taxpayers of the commonwealth.”

The EPA’s latest action is a classic example of how Washington agencies constantly expand their purpose. Congress first adopts legislation bearing a title nobody could reasonably oppose — who’s against clean water? Over time, the courts and bureaucrats systematically extend the meaning of formerly innocuous definitions. Now instead of keeping lead out of drinking water, the agency is keeping water out of creeks…

via EDITORIAL: EPA regulates water – Washington Times.

Obama has hired 101 new federal employees per day…

Shocking… But, not really.

In the 1,420 days since he took the oath of office, the federal government has daily hired on average 101 new employees. Every day. Seven days a week. All 202 weeks. That makes 143,000 more federal workers than when Obama talked forever on that cold day in January of 2009.

via Americans believe public workers better paid and more secure Bingo! by Andrew Malcolm – Investors.com.

EPA releases new fuel economy new car window stickers for 2013 model year vehicles

I’ve spoken about this (Global War scores on new cars) in various radio interviews as being an example of the problem we have when we let the executive branch write law. We end up with Obama forcing “Global Warming” garbage down our throats. So, it’s no surprise that for 2013 cars it gets even more intensive.

According to a heavily politicized explanation by the EPA, “for the first time ever, highlight the increased efficiency standards achieved under the Obama Administration that will save families money at the pump starting this year.”

The new sticker will also provide comparable data to compare gasoline-fueled vehicles against all-electric and alternative fuel vehicles–which the EPA calls “next generation”, such as those powered by natural gas…

The new labels will also highlight so-called “greenhouse gas” CO2 emissions and smog emissions. The current label already has an “Environmental Performance” section with a “global warming score” and a “smog score”. The new sticker further highlights the “scores” by integrating them into the main body of the display rather than as an add-on. Like the old sticker, the new sticker announces, “Vehicle emissions are a primary contributor to global warming and smog,” even though global warming has been replaced by “climate change” and the anthropogenic element remains controversial.

via EPA releases new fuel economy new car window stickers for 2013 model year vehicles.

This morning I was on with Steve Davis of Lifestyles Unlimited

This morning I was on the syndicated show, Lifestyles Unlimited, with Steve Davis, talking about how Americans must become business savvy to survive the multifaceted attack on our economy.

In particular, I pointed out how the Left’s wishlist includes:

  • massive increases in taxes ($3,800 per household just in 2013)
  • draconian federal regulations primarily through an EPA that now views its goals as encompassing “social” justice
  • Obamacare that is already causing businesses to fire employees, reduce their hours (so they are not full time) all to lessen the financial burden on the business
  • continued demonization of business and profit
  • continued runaway litigation against businesses for hang nails and spilled coffee in the lap

In this environment, the American economy will necessarily suffer.

The solution, in Steve’s view, is to become an economy of one and develop passive income sufficient to pay your necessary bills. His show leads the way…

Steve Davis – Lifestyles Unlimited.

Two-thirds of jobs go to immigrants during Obama’s four years

The American economy is suffering from the combined effects of an abusive regulatory scheme, unions that use work rules as weapons, a legal system that too easily rewards suits for hangnails, and a Democrat party doing everything it can to demonize capitalism and those who invest and drive the economy.

It should be no surprise, then, that the skilled and technical jobs to be filled by American labor are not materializing, and that the only jobs being created are perfect for the unskilled.

Until these forces working against capitalism are defeated, we can expect little improvement.

Two-thirds of those who have found employment under President Obama are immigrants, both legal and illegal, according to an analysis that suggests immigration has soaked up a large portion of what little job growth there has been over the past three years.

via Two-thirds of jobs go to immigrants during Obama’s four years – Washington Times.

Household Incomes Fall In August, Down 8.2% Under Obama – Investors.com

This is to be expected when the government pounds industry with environmental and work rule regulations, when unions use work rules as weapons, when the legal system allows frivolous lawsuits to the nth degree, when the government makes sure energy costs go higher and higher… all having the effect of forcing industry out of the country…

In another sign that the economic recovery under President Obama is not producing gains for average Americans, median household incomes fell 1.1% in August to $50,678, according to a report released Tuesday by Sentier Research.

Since the economic recovery started in June 2009, household incomes are down 5.7%, the Sentier data show, and they are down more than 8% since Obama took office.

via Household Incomes Fall In August, Down 8.2% Under Obama – Investors.com.

Articles: One Election Away from Tragedy

It is a federal government, and specifically an Executive branch that writes laws, that so threatens our nation. If you have read my novel you know this in detail.

This is a good article from Today’s American Thinker.

If Obama is defeated, and I expect he will be, Romney’s economic policies will have a better chance of producing an economic recovery. Obama’s economic policy amounted to nothing but the hot air of hope and change coupled with payoffs to political friends. But an economic recovery (if one is even possible) does not end the real problem facing this country.

The underlying and seemingly unsolvable problem is the emasculation of the Constitution. That enabled the Rule of Man to trump the Rule of Law. That is the underlying cause of our economic problems. Government has become too large, too powerful and too intrusive. Sadly, history shows that lawmakers never relinquish power willingly. Indeed, today many believe government should be even more powerful to deal with the problems of a modern society.

via Articles: One Election Away from Tragedy.

An excellent article at AT: The Coming Battle of Ideologies

A snippet from John McLaughlin:

Obama administration has, by one estimate, hired over 200,000 people to write and enforce top-down government control of individuals and businesses, with the EPA often cited as the greatest abuser.  House Speaker John Boehner reports that the administration currently has 3,118 regulations in the pipeline, 167 of which will have a major impact on the economy — on top of the 1,010 regulations already completed, including 45 with major impacts.  Nearly 30 bills related to job creation passed by the House, with most intended to curb excessive regulation, remain stalled in the Democrat-controlled Senate while President Obama steadfastly refuses to call for them to be brought forward for a vote.

 

Shocker: High Unemployment helps Obama!

Jonathan David Carson has an interesting piece today on American Thinker: Articles: Does High Unemployment Really Hurt Obama?. Essentially, he notes, but does not try to explain, that areas in the U.S. with the highest unemployment show the strongest support for Obama. And vise versa.

Obviously, this turns upside down the traditional thought that those out of work will be most desirous of changing the folks in charge.

There is an interesting comment that made me recall a section in my novel. The comment, by MaskedKayakMan, notes

From WikiPedia: In the learned helplessness experiment an animal is repeatedly hurt by an adverse stimulus which it cannot escape.

Eventually the animal will stop trying to avoid the pain and behave as if it is utterly helpless to change the situation.
Finally, when opportunities to escape are presented, this learned helplessness prevents any action. The only coping mechanism the animal uses is to be stoical and put up with the discomfort, not expending energy getting worked up about the adverse stimulus.

Over fifty years of indoctrination in the government schools have finally yielded results. Political correctness has effectively neutered the American male. When everyone gets a trophy, why even try? Why work when you can go on permanent disability or unemployment? We’re deluged with example after example of lottery winners, people who have gotten rich simply for being famous, criminals who have profited from their crimes, and so on.

Obama’s supporters are life’s losers, and they are bitter. They’d rather watch it all burn than do something constructive to fix it.

I don’t agree that “all” Obama supporters are life’s losers–as clearly, that’s not true. Indeed, the statement is offensive.

But, an inescapable conclusion from what we see is that far too many on welfare are quite happy with the situation… And they are generally not voting Republican.

Still, there is something else at work, I think.

Nate Smith, in my novel, encountered a situation that ought to have raised the ire of a number of people. Yet, no one objected to what was happening, and this confounded Nate until he came across a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville who was commenting on what he saw happening, even back then, in America:

It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting: such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the Shepherd.

My conclusion is this: we have been beaten down, continually administered pain, and overwhelmed by complicated rules to the point of becoming, at best, a flock of timid but industrious animals, and a worse, a horde of loafers quite happy to remain on welfare.

Yet another mass shooting in a gun-free zone…

The Detroit News today reports that a recent shooting at the dock of the Detroit Princess cruse ship arose from an altercation between two families. One woman called her boyfriend, not on the cruse, and instructed him to retrieve a gun from a parked car and to bring it down to the dock. (All passengers are checked for weapons before they get on the cruse, so those disembarking were unarmed). Thus, when the woman got her gun, she opened fire without fear.

Then, interestingly, when a member of the family being shot at also retrieved a gun, and began returning fire, the original shooter and her boyfriend ran.

John Lott has noted that so-called “gun free” zones are magnets for those intent on mayhem. This scene was no different.

When will liberals learn?

Clash between 2 families led to shooting that injured 7, says cruise operator | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com.

Ever desirous of more government, the U.N. now wants to regulate prostitution

More brilliance from the United Nations. These socialists really believe that government intervention can cure all.

Take, for instance, the notion that “regulating” prostitution will reduce AIDS.

Can someone explain that? Are we to presume that a prostitute will suddenly now insist that her John use a condom?

Or that now, suddenly, the John will insist of using one?

Really?

Do they have any studies to support this? I’d like to read them, because it flies in the face of common sense, as does much government regulation.

Common sense tell me that the use of a condom by the man, if insisted upon by either party, is the result of a desire by that individual for self preservation. It’s a personal decision made for personal reasons, is it not? And without a compliance officer in the bedroom, or alley, I fail to see how any amount of government regulation will change that dynamic.

Don’t you just love socialists?

AIDS used as reason to legalize prostitutes – Washington Times.