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The Regulatory King (National Radio Commentary Salem/Townhall) May 12, 2014

Posted by daviddavenport in Op/Eds, Radio Commentaries.

President Obama’s approval ratings have hit an all-time low, but he is clearly tops in at least one category.

According to a recent report, the federal government set a new record in 2013 by issuing regulations and rules totaling some 26,417 pages in the Federal Register. According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the total cost of regulatory compliance is around $1.9 billion a year, or nearly $15,000 per household in hidden costs.

Probably the two best ways to measure the growth of the federal government are to calculate its spending in relation to GDP, and to measure the amount of regulation added to the books. By both of these measures, big government has hit a record-setting pace.

What we need is a return to good, old-fashioned federalism, where we ask, first, does government need to do this? If so, we then must ask which branch and which level. Sounds like nobody in Washington is asking enough of the right questions these days.

Link to Townhall.com: http://townhall.com/talkradio/dailycommentary/698562

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