Regulation

Federal Regulators: Mount Up!

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Remember when President Obama's byline popped up in The Wall Street Journal with a warning about the build-up of regulatory gunk in the country's economy? In a number of instances, he wrote, federal rules and requirements "have gotten out of balance, placing unreasonable burdens on business—burdens that have stifled innovation and have had a chilling effect on growth and jobs."

Regulatory roadkill?

Which regulations were clogging up the system? And what sort of regulatory pipe-cleaning would be feasible? Obama, ever the problem-solver, would get to the bottom of it. So he ordered "a government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive." Great! What about all the fancy new regulations that his administration has helped put in place? Over the last few years, the federal regulatory apparatus has exploded, reports Investors Business Daily:

If the federal government's regulatory operation were a business, it would be one of the 50 biggest in the country in terms of revenues, and the third largest in terms of employees, with more people working for it than McDonald's, Ford, Disney and Boeing combined.

Under President Obama, while the economy is struggling to grow and create jobs, the federal regulatory business is booming.

Regulatory agencies have seen their combined budgets grow a healthy 16% since 2008, topping $54 billion, according to the annual "Regulator's Budget," compiled by George Washington University and Washington University in St. Louis.
…Meanwhile, employment at these agencies has climbed 13% since Obama took office to more than 281,000, while private-sector jobs shrank by 5.6%.

Naturally, Obama's regulatory review will not include any additional examination or oversight of the thousands of pages of new regulation put in place by last year's health care overhaul.

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  1. Politicians love regulators because they get to fuck us in the ass without actually getting their dicks dirty.

    There is no chiseling away at the oppressive regulatory environment we’ve allowed them to create. Reducing regulations means reducing staff and power. Agencies won’t willingly do that to themselves and Congress won’t give up their surrogates assfuckers.

    1. Think of the regulatory state as the massive condom congress uses to shield itself from constituent blowback.

      1. Pretty sure congress sees their constituents more as herpes.

        1. That ruins the metaphor. You can’t fuck herpes in the ass.

    2. I know of at least one example of an agency that resisted expanding its scope, but only in the form of resisting citizen petitions to do so. In the late 1950s and again 20 yrs. later, interest groups petitioned FDA and then took them to court to make tobacco products drugs. However, 20 yrs. after that, FDA itself went to court to defend its own assertion that tobacco products were medical devices — although I understand the civil servants within FDA were not interested in that job. Then in the 2000s, Congress gave them tha job.

      Congress does want the surrogate ass fuckers, but the agencies themselves aren’t necessarily interested in that job. It all depends what the administration wants politically.

    3. Nice language. I can’t understand why no one will take you seriously.

      1. Lighten up, Francis.

      2. I found it a nicely illustrative analogy.

      3. Those were all clinical terms.

  2. Regulatory agencies have seen their combined budgets grow a healthy 16% since 2008

    Oh, give me a break! That 16 percent investment will pay dividends someday in our overall well-being and wealth! … Talk about impatience! What are you bitches, day traders?
    I bet you think that doubling education spending in the last 40 years hasn’t led to a more enlightened, industrious populace!

      1. FAPFAPFAP

  3. One of the things I genuinely like about Obama is his consistency. Consistently, if he says something, its opposite or near opposite occurs. That’s rare.

    1. This is one of his favorite tricks – announce a committee or a task force or something as a cover for doing nothing.

      And he will keep doing it as long as it keeps working.

      1. It amazes me how much plain, clear facts are ignored in this day and age. It’s like the Enlightenment never happened.

        1. Oh, it happened. And the anti-enlightenment folks, like Walmart, have been rolling back prices ever since.

          1. Friggin’ Romantics.

            1. Right? I hate that damn “What I Like About You” song.

              1. “Ten Things I Hate about You”. Now THERE’S a song.

                1. With the muliplier properly applied, it becomes “Seventeen Things I Hate About You.”

              2. I hate progressive 19th century rock.

                1. I agree for the most part, but Emerson, Goethe and Schiller had a few worthwhile hits.

                  1. Who can forget Rouesche’s “Herr Roboto”?

                    1. “Kant Touch This.”

                    2. “You, Kant, always get what you want”

      2. Case Sunstein is working day and night to repeal old and outdated regulations. Last I hear two years of hard work has resulted in the repeal of exactly one regulation. At this rater we should be able to cut the CFR in half, just before the sun engulfs the earth.

        1. The joke’s on them–the CFR will soon hit the Chandrasekhar limit and collapse into a singularity.

        2. Let me be clear.

          I want an America where the average adult is only committing 2.86 felonies a day.

          1. Well, OK. As long as we can still prosecute for 6 per day. I have a budget to maintain.

      3. This is one of his favorite tricks – announce a committee or a task force or something as a cover for doing nothing.

        If only.

    2. His capacity to lie is truly remarkable, even by the standards of a politician.

  4. Naturally, Obama’s regulatory review will not include any additional examination or oversight of the thousands of pages of new regulation put in place by last year’s health care overhaul.

    See? He’s cutting wasteful spending right off the bat!

  5. …they get to fuck us in the ass without actually getting their dicks dirty

    And you all wonder why I defend government so vigorously!

  6. While I am fully in favor of legalizing armadillos, it does bother me that the picture shows important Brazillian armadillos. Whatever happened to the good old American armadillos this country used to take pride in?

    1. …Imported Brazillian armadillos.

    2. Outsourced to Brazil. Bummer.

    3. Brazilian Armadillos aren’t unionized. Even when you include freight and import, they’re more cost-effective.

      1. Plus, they’re better dancers.

  7. Imported Brazillian armadillos.

  8. Dude, he’s totally gonna get to it once he finishes going line by line in the budget to cut out the fat.

    1. I’m way ahead of him.

  9. If “The Road” ever happens, I hope we survive and the politicians are the dudes we keep in the basement to cannibalize.

    1. I dare you to try the Pelosi!

      1. Ignore my entire proposal. I’d rather skin myself alive than approach within 100 miles of that creature.

        1. Coward! C’mon…it’s like jerky! Mmmm…Jerky.

          1. I’ll go for one of the fat ones. They tend to be juicier.

            1. Barney Frank could feed a family of 4 for 3 weeks. And you could probably go a week or two on one of Chuckie’s moobs.

              1. Barney Frank could feed a family of 4 for 3 weeks

                Well, you can live on it, but it taste like shit.

          2. Or string cheese.

        2. “Ignore my entire proposal. I’d rather skin myself alive than approach within 100 miles of that creature.”

          I live in SF and the ball park is on the waterfront.
          There are times I think she’s in town, and then I look over the right-field fence and see the tide is out and the stench will go away in a couple of hours.

      2. We’ll use the Pelosi for warmth — she should burn well in the fireplace, don’t you think?

        The only drawback is all the plastic gunk left behind…

      3. The secret is the Pelosi wears a wig. If she removed it she would reveal what she really is, a medusa

    2. …fucking awesome!

    3. I just watched that for the first time a couple of days ago. Good, if depressing flick. However, I did notice one thing. In that basement, in the shadows, was an almost unrecognizably thin. . .Newcular Titties Gingrich.

      1. The movie was well done, but I found it to be trying too hard to be bleak. Like, their point was to be depressing, not to be a good story, and I wasn’t thrilled with that.

        1. Well, to be fair, the subject matter doesn’t get much more depressing. Not unless you’re Mother Gaia, anticipating being freed from the human pestilence. Then it’s the feel good movie of the year!

      2. I like just about any movie with a Nick Cave soundtrack. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is the best in that category, though.

        1. That fucking movie is awesome in the Awesome Fucking Movie category of awesomeness. And also had a great soundtrack, as you note.

  10. So he ordered “a government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive.”
    […]
    Under President Obama, while the economy is struggling to grow and create jobs, the federal regulatory business is booming.

    Nothing dishonest here. Obama found that the regulatory system we had was slowing down the [government regulatory] economy because it had been gutted by Bush. By creating a new booming sector, the Obama administration has created or saved thousands if not millions of[government regulatory] jobs.

    1. Hire someone to dig a hole.

      Hire someone to fill in the hole.

      Hire a third person to regulate the dimensions of the hole and the processes involved in digging it and filling it in.

      So that’s the government spending multiplier I’ve heard so much about.

      1. You forgot the creation of a hole-digging oversight committee which watches the activity of the first three.

  11. I’m wit Hole Diggers 73 we need to talk about these inhuman working conditions.

  12. I used to try to think these issues through, but then I was told by the media that Obama is brilliant, super smart, and that my common-folk brain just couldn’t comprehend the complexity of it all.

    Trust him, he knows more than us, I mean, he went to Harvard! Yes, fucking Harvard!

    1. i went to harvard to just like my daddy

      he sez if get Cs this yr then i can have a blue beemer lol im tired of red

  13. LIVE FROM CHICAGO

    Just met Nick. The Jacket does not appear to be in attendance.

    1. He uses a network of doubles to confuse fans as to his real location.

      1. I could smell the remnant of the Jacket. And for a moment, I glimpsed Libertopia.

        No roads, though.

        1. And for a moment, I glimpsed Libertopia.

          That was his aftershave. Many have reported similar hallucinations.

          1. Holy fuck the jacket IS here.

            1. Please tell us what you see….you know, assuming you don’t have to avert your eyes like the religio-tards’ Gods always make them do.

              (I believe The Jacket wants us to witness its awesomeness)

              1. It’s sort of like… a jacket… leathern and darked… if indeed the jacket it were…

                I got to drink all the Founders IPA I wanted, and that’s all that matters, and now I’m kind of drunk for a Tuesday night.

                Listened to “46 and 2” and “Far Cry” in the cab on the way home, which made it about a perfect night for me.

                1. Awesome.

  14. What do you people want from me? I’m pivoting as fast as I can!

  15. (Barry O:)
    Regulators
    We regulate any stealing of his property
    And we damn good too
    But you can’t beat any geek off the street,
    Gotta be handy with the steel
    If you know what I mean, earn your keep
    Regulators! Mount up!

    (Barry O:)
    It was a clear black night, a clear white moon
    Barry O was in the White House, trying to consume
    Some skirts for the eve, so I can get some funk
    Just rollin’ in my ride, with Michelle’s junk in the trunk.

    (Joe Dogg:)
    Finished punching my card on the White House clock
    Next mission is to find my home boy Barack,
    Seen a car full of lobbyists with Harry Reid,
    Let’s roll before they can call Nancy Pelosi.

    1. How can you leave out Warren E(lizabeth)?

  16. Somewhat-related T Jack. Did you all see this – just another isolated TSA incident.

    Thanks for the protesters, for they shall not inherit the Earth, but they do encourage the rest of those not brave enough to protest and expose themselves to the hassle/real danger in response to their protest.

    And fuck TSA, statist power trippers and government in general. And “Why won’t they take you seriously” Anonopussy, you can fuck yourself.

    That is all.

    http://www2.timesdispatch.com/…..r-1231274/

  17. I am opposed to legalizing armeddildoes; if one of them accidentally discharged, someone could get…

    *what? armadillos?*

    Sorry. Forget I said anything.

  18. It’s like I’ve got an armadillo in my trousers.

    1. We’re happy to see you, too.

      Sounds like you had fun with The Ambiguously Gay Duo tonight! Was The Jacket in attendance, or only its human host?

      1. It was there, I think. It hadn’t occurred to me before that there might be multiple Jackets.

  19. So, Obama has once again been proven to be a lying sack of shit.

    What a surprise.

  20. Almost forgot:

    “Federal Regulators: Mount Up!”

    THAT’S WHAT SHEEEEEEE SAID!!!!!”

    Thanks.

  21. On an unrelated subject, I think it’s time for Katherine Mangu-Ward to quit pretending to be a libertarian, and go work for the left-wing media.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?f…..MEk#at=234

    -jcr

    1. Because what she said wasn’t true, or because she didn’t support Ron Paul’s side?

      Because IMO, everything she said was technically true. Paul is not going to be president, he is a fringe candidate, and he does get alot of media coverage when compared to other fringe candidates. That’s not to say that the media isn’t mostly ignoring him or that ignoring him is right, but those three points are all true.

      1. Paul is not going to be president

        ..and you know this how, exactly?

        I heard that same “not electable” crap about Obama, Clinton, Reagan, and Carter. Hell, back when JFK was running, the pundits were saying he’d never make it because he was a catholic!

        -jcr

        1. And look what they did to him for his Catholicism.

          1. I don’t think Oswald cared about religion. He’d have shot Nixon if the election had gone that way.

            -jcr

        2. Ok so you want to make a bet?

          1. I already have. Check out intrade.com if you want to do likewise.

            -jcr

            1. Intrade has a 3.1% chance of Paul winning the presidential election. That’s pretty negligible.

              1. Compare to Obama’s 51.5%

          2. I’ll give you 10 to 1 odds.

      2. I think you’re largely missing the point.

        The media can ignore Ron Paul because “Paul is not going to be president.”

        Ron Paul is not going to be president because Ron Paul is “unelectable.”

        Ron Paul is unelectable because we’ve already decided that Ron Paul is unelectable.

        The only thing more absurd than the circularity of their argument is how oblivious they are to the circularity. “Paul is not going to be president.” is not a factual statement. It is pure opinion, a prediction of what they believe will inevitably be factual.

        And there’s nothing wrong with holding that opinion or reporting that opinion when it’s reported as such. But at what point does the media stop reporting the news and start creating the news? When an opinion is so apparently widely-held that it is reported as fact or that it so obviously affects the reporting of the “objective” news it undermines respect for the journalistic profession. Fortunately they can no longer completely get away with it.

  22. Video: Obama Ag Secretary says rise in food stamps is putting people to work

    Do. Not. Allow. These. Simps. Another. Four. Years. To. Wreck. Everything. Further.

  23. On an unrelated subject, I think it’s time for Katherine Mangu-Ward to quit pretending to be a libertarian, and go work for the left-wing media.
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  24. So, Obama has once again been proven to be a lying sack of shit.

  25. HOLY FUCK FUCK CATHERINE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..r_embedded

    Ron Paul is terrible talking about politics? Consider Catherine off my fucking list.

    1. Katherine is now dead to me. Thanks for the link, Tyler.

      *sobs in corner*

  26. Regulations create the wealth of this country, without them there would be chaos and no economy.

    1. Good spoof. If this were the real tony, I’d ask why the Norks aren’t richer than Croesus with all the regulations they have.

      -jcr

      1. What makes you think there IS a real Tony?

        1. He’s dead, wrapped in plastic, and shoved in a fat guy’s crawlspace with all the others.

  27. Much ado about nothing. All those new Obama regulations ended up being dead letter.

  28. I await the Ministry of Silly Walks.

  29. That looks like it might jsut make a whole lot of sense dude. Wow.

    http://www.anon-tools.int.tc

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