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We Can’t Afford the $2 Trillion Price Tag of Government Regulations, says AMAC

‘In recent years regulations have also been used to promote social policies’

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct 10 – The federal government takes its toll in taxes but there are insidious and intrusive hidden regulatory costs that eat into our household budgets to an extent that is equal to or greater than what we pay in taxes, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

“Regulations are supposed to make things better and safer, but in recent years they have also been used to promote social policies such as green energy.  Why else would federal regulators create onerous rules, for example, that inhibit the use of the nation’s vast fossil fuel resources?”

The EPA would decimate the nation’s coal industry with restrictive carbon emission regulations despite the fact that technology exists to allow for the clean use of coal to generate electricity.

“Bear in mind that coal generates about 41 percent of our electricity and is our cheapest source of power.  Because American coal is so plentiful and inexpensive, it can be construed that it is a hindrance to the development of solar and wind power,” Weber pointed out.

He noted that rules governing such things as the operations of public transportation and financial markets, the sale of pharmaceuticals, workplace safety, drinking water, etc. have a practical role to play in our society.  But, he added, “when the government uses its regulatory authority to further social goals without so much as a debate on the issues and a Congressional vote, it is downright wrong-headed.  Not to mention the costs it imposes on American households.”

The Competitive Enterprise Institute estimated that in 2013 the cost of complying with federal regulations amounted to nearly $15,000 for the average U.S. household.  Many of the rules were, of course, necessary and beneficial, but the CEI pointed out that in recent years the government has been imposing as many 3,500 regulations per annum.

“It begs the question: are all those new rules really essential in the midst of an excruciatingly slow economic recovery?”

The Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress published a study noting that liberals favor government intervention that promotes social, non-economic objectives, while conservatives see government intervention as an intrusion that makes us less competitive.

“The issue of government regulatory authority run-amok is not a political issue.  It’s an American issue that requires bi-partisan attention because we simply can’t afford the nearly $2 trillion dollar price tag,” Weber concluded.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Editors/reporters may contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or [email protected] to set up a call.


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6 years ago

Just remember to vote out all incumbents . They are there to vote themselves big raises and lifetime benefits , which you and I pay for !

Bernard Pavick
6 years ago

Why would a Successful lawyer leave a practice go to Washington into politics GREED and corruption ! Vote out ALL in November !

6 years ago

I work as an electrical designer for an engineering firm and I gotta tell ya, sometimes the burden of the gov’t regulations makes me want to put a gun in my mouth. Thank God for beer.

John Ranieri
6 years ago

What is seriously needed is a complete change to our political system.Term limits are essential as is the elimination of all financial contributions to candidates and campaigns.Office holders should be held to no more than two four year terms at all levels of government and campaigns funded from a public fund with all viable candidates receiving the same amount of funds.This would not only show us just who is best skilled at money management but also give us a much better,wider and diverse selection of people in our government.Most importantly though this would allow us to have a government made… Read more »

D R Symmes
6 years ago

The one regulation we do need is Voter ID. What we don’t need is regulations written by EPA without the oversight of Congress.

D R Symmes
6 years ago

One regulation that is long overdue is Voter ID. We must not allow EPA to write regulations without strict oversight of Congress.

6 years ago

It’s critical for Republicans to regain control of the Senate & retain the House in Nov. If we don’t, by the time Obama’s reign ends it will be very difficult to reverse the regulations, Presidential appointments & Executive orders that will happen in the next 2 years. It’s not people reading or making comments on this website who need to know what this administration is doing to our country but the lazy & uninformed. PLEASE encourage friends, family & acquaintances to vote Republican in Nov. This president & administration wants to convert the U.S. into a Socialist country & we… Read more »

Kevin Seitz
6 years ago

Anyone who has read George Orwells’ novel “1984” will see exactly what’s happening here. It’s more than just Big Brothers’ surveillance. The very society in which that story was set is identical to the liberal “utopia” we’re seeing coming to reality before our eyes. In one group, there will be the self-appointed rulers and their sychophants, then the rest of us being the “proles” (Proletariats) who will be dumbed down and, specially-chosen Proles will be given menial jobs to serve the Elitists. THAT is the PLAN, even though Orwell wrote “1984” as a warning. The Bolsheviks like Obama & Company… Read more »

6 years ago

Almost identical to what the Nazis did to the German people in re-doing their social policies before and during WW II. But our social Engineers have a better idea and both the Republic-rats as well as the Demon-rats are walking in Lock step together to “Change America.”

Russell Errett
6 years ago

The fallacy of both a democracy or a republic is in the system that we elect the leaders. The would be leader is self appointed. That is anyone can “throw their hat in the ring”. There is no limitation “except age in our constitution” to qualify for a place on the ballet. Even an idiot can have his name placed on the ballot. All that is required to be elected is to understand human nature and promise a life in “utopia”. “When one with honeyed words but evil mind, persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.” –Euripedes (480-406 BC)… Read more »

Alan Finley
6 years ago

I would like to make a comment about Norman Witzler reply about Texas Voter ID Law. Mr. Witzler Texas has the right to require either to see your drivers license and or a DOT license. That’s it to make sure you are who you say you are. The reason why Texas was denied this LAW is because the Judge takes his marching orders from the President and he will do as he is told to do or else. Democrats can’t win no election with out voter fraud that is the way they are and will always be that way. In… Read more »

John Pepin
6 years ago

If we want to actually solve the problem and not just kick the can down the road the answer is a new branch of government. A Fourth Branch if you will. One that takes the power to police the elite in government from the Executive branch and places that power in an independent Fourth Branch. For the same reason we have local police, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, the political elite need to be policed by people that don’t report to them. I have written a book that details the idea. It is available in e-book format as… Read more »

6 years ago

For every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction. Case in point. Well-educated, well-prepared, ambitious individuals are circumventing onerous city, state, county and federal regulations, rules and so-called guidelines to materialize and realize their dreams of owning and operating a business. It’s politically called an “underground economy”. Something very difficult for the aforementioned government agencies to detect and much less control. Thus, the aforementioned unaccountable,bureaucratic regulatory actions, Paule so aptly described, blows back to government with lost tax revenues, and causal, never-ending domino effect of governments at the aforementioned levels increasing taxation on individuals and established businesses. Then there is… Read more »

Ivan Berry
6 years ago

If you care to know where all these regulations and rules that we are forced to live with came from see the comments beginning with PaulE’s at the start of these posts. Otherwise we will just continue to spit into the wind. Learn what the problem is and try and get your Congressman and Senator to do something about it.

Van Hamlin
6 years ago

I think that we all recognize the fact that the Progressive socialist snake is using costly regulations to slowly choke out the middle class. Their goal is have two classes. There will be the political insiders and the political outsiders. Those on the inside of the beltway will reap the good life while those living outside the beltway will toil and beg for just enough to keep themsselves going. It is always that way with socialists because an educated reasonably well funded middle class results in a steady stream of accurate criticism and resistance to the unworkable socialist policies. A… Read more »

j klis
6 years ago

The federal goverment wants our last dime, and once the government hast that last dime it will go after our last penny. When we can’t pay the tax on the last penny the government will have a job or welfare waiting so it can continue to deduct taxes.

Norman Witzler
6 years ago

One regulation I would support is voter ID. My vote along with five of my conservative friends was cancelled out (suppressed) by one woman in Cincinnati who voted for Obama six times in 2012. The only reason she was caught was because she bragged about it to my friend Tom McKee who works for channel 9 news. The arguments against having voter ID are inane, but that doesn’t stop those who want to continue to suppress my votes via voter fraud. Look what just happened in Texas.

Robert A Hirschmann
6 years ago

If the government would stop over regulating our economy would boom. Free enterprise is a proven success. No more bail outs! If a company fails on its own so be it. Let it fail. A company can succeed if the government would keep its nose out of it. We the people will decide if we want to purchase that companies products or not. True, we need some regulations to keep the companies honest but give me a break, where does it all end? Congress should not be judged by how many laws they proposed. They should be judged by how… Read more »

Jo M
6 years ago

Some of the latest regulations stand to be the most expensive in HISTORY. The NOx (nitrogen emissions) reduction rule that is proposed with the EPA actually stating the 2/3 (66%) of the proposed reductions will chime from “unidentified” sources. This means they don’t have a CLUE how to get there, but they want the reductions anyway. This will have a direct and indirect effect on anything that burns carbon sourced fuels (all current ignition fuel sources). It will affect fuel costs, electricity, construction, manufacturing, transportation, etc. Most impacts will be indirect, or unseen by the public except through higher prices… Read more »

Wayne Peterkin
6 years ago

If the goal is to overburden the financial system with debt eventually leading to a Cloward and Pivens style meltdown this is just one more straw (or maybe a whole bale!) on the camel’s back toward that end. Obama’s entire history has indicated he is an enemy of this nation. He has made such comments throughout his political career and his policies have reflected his philosophy. He has an agenda, and it is not a good agenda for the America most of us know and love. Regulations are part of his damaging agenda as are open borders, opposition to economical… Read more »

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