I did a little research on this topic ( Federal regulations and rules) and quickly came upon this document from the Congressional Research Service entitled: Counting Regulations: An Overview of Rulemaking, Types of Federal Regulations,and Pages in the Federal Register.
What are we talking about when discussing federal rulemaking? From the document above: "Federal rulemaking is an important mechanism through which the federal government implements policy. Federal agencies issue regulations pursuant to statutory authority granted by Congress. Therefore, Congress may have an interest in performing oversight of those regulations, and measuring federal regulatory activity can be a useful way for Congress to conduct that oversight. The number of federal rules issued annually and the total number of pages in the Federal Register are often referred to as measures of the total federal regulatory burden."
The tone of the blog comment was that there is something unusual or surreptitious about President Obama's administration putting forth Federal rules. The truth is that this is a very common and normal process for all administrations. Like it or not, this is simply how the Federal government works.
According to this article in BloombergBusiness:
- Obama’s White House approved 613 federal rules during the first 33 months of his term, 4.7 percent fewer than the 643 cleared by President George W. Bush’s administration in the same time frame,
- The number of significant federal rules, defined as those costing more than $100 million, has gone up under Obama, with 129 approved so far, compared with 90 for Bush, 115 for President Bill Clinton and 127 for the first President Bush over the same period in their first terms. In part that’s because $100 million in past years was worth more than it is now due to inflation,
- The record came in 1992 under George H.W. Bush when that total hit $20.9 billion in current dollars. In the last year of Ronald Reagan’s term it was $16 billion in today’s dollars.
- On a global scale, the U.S. is one of the best places to do business, with rules allowing new businesses to be set up in just six days and strong protections for investors, according to a World Bank report released Oct. 19. Of 183 countries surveyed, the U.S. ranks behind just Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand in the ease of doing business, the World Bank said.
The actual number of orders is nowhere near 923. The content of orders issued are not particularly unusual for any President. While you may not agree with some or even all of them, every recent President has used them and all have had their own controversies.
I have a great many disagreements with the Obama administration as I had also with the previous Bush administration. I choose however to not be drawn into the maelstrom of conspiracy and extremism.
I read a letter the other day in the Laconia Daily Sun by Tony Boutin. I have never agreed with his writings, but I did wholeheartedly agree with part of this one as it relates to extremism. He wrote " If Republicans say, "white, hard and small is the solution," Democrats will retort black, soft and huge must be the solution. Neither party acknowledges the middle of the road where the best solutions are almost always found. It is also where the majority of Americans continually say their politics lie. Unfortunately it is the noisy extremes of both parties that grab all the headlines. Trump and Sanders reflect this today. Both men draw out-sized media coverage because they represent extremes. This diabolical political arrangement produces a failed outcome on every issue of importance. The extremes don't want common sense. They want a pound of flesh from the other guy while compromising nothing. "