Time For a Red Tape Diet

America definitely needs this in 2012.

Uncle Sam ended the year having saddled Americans with another 81,836 pages of regulations. No issue was too small or insignificant to escape attention in the federal government’s final week of pronouncements.


When Ben Franklin famously suggested that the birth of the nation ought to be celebrated with fireworks, he didn’t mention any need to seek prior approval from a central government that also insists on registering the identity of individuals with an interest in studying dolphins along the California coast.

The ever-expanding tome of mindless rules and restrictions known as the Federal Register serves as the most obvious measure of how overgrown Washington has become. The annual output of 80,000 pages of red tape comes at a tremendous price. It takes $1 trillion in borrowing to keep the supersized bureaucracy open. But that’s not all.

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, keeping up with all of the latest federal dictates costs American businesses $1.75 trillion. Every dollar spent filling out pointless paperwork and every hour spent attempting to decipher arcane laws reduces the ability of businesses to expand operations and hire new employees.

That’s why the greatest gift Congress and the Obama administration could give to the economy would be a regulatory moratorium. Even better, the House and Senate ought to resolve to pass no new laws, or at least to enact nothing new without first repealing a statute of equivalent burden.

America has never been more coddled, overseen and micromanaged by its political class. It’s no coincidence that the country is also facing its worst economic crisis. Enough is enough. Let’s send the employees at the Government Printing Office – where the Federal Register is printed – home for the remainder of 2012.

It’s these overburdensome regulations that are stifling the economy.  For those that want bi-partisanship start here.

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Joe Miller on rising federal debt

The federal government‘s continued expansion and rising indebtedness is unconstitutional, Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller said Sunday, arguing that the direction the nation is going — and that his rival Sen. Lisa Murkowski is headed — “is a dead-end road.”

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Miller said Washington has overstepped its constitutional authority by enacting unemployment compensation, Social Security and Medicare programs that have bankrupted the nation.

“We have a contract between people and their government. Right now that contract’s been broken,” Miller said.

The “entitlement mentality,” he added, is a “disingenuous” interpretation of the Constitution because it indoctrinates individuals and governments into believing that “it’s the federal government’s role to get in there and provide for the general welfare, to basically provide for the solvency particularly of states and other entities — what, auto companies, the banks — everything else that fails, the government should be involved in bailing out.”

The Constitution “does not provide for this all-encompassing power that we’ve seen exercised over the last several decades,” he said. (Source: Fox News)

Joe Miller, like many Americans, realizes the grave situation facing America.  And he’s right to call what is happening unconstitutional.

Be sure to go to the source to see Sen. Murkowski’s liberal spin on Miller’s argument.  As if anymore proof was needed that she is a RINO.

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Paul Ryan: Getting the Fundamentals Right

What sweeping new initiative can the Federal government enact to create X number of jobs? This question – frequently asked by policymakers in Washington – helps illustrate why the quest for jobs remains painfully elusive.

The Federal government must get the macroeconomic fundamentals right, fostering a more conducive climate for the private sector to grow and create jobs. The Federal government can – but should not – try to endlessly micromanage the economy under the misguided belief that we ought to take money from the private sector (with higher taxes or more borrowing), strain it through Congress and the bureaucracy, and deploy it among government programs and government jobs. Centralizing power in Washington, expanding government’s reach into all sectors of our economy and more and more aspects of our lives, creates a more hostile environment for private sector job creation.

Deep skepticism should accompany government initiatives that come with a promised number of jobs. As part of the sales pitch, Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued that the health care overhaul was “about jobs”, and promised the law would create “4 million jobs – 400,000 jobs almost immediately.” In celebrating the passage of cap-and-trade in the House, the legislation’s author, Rep. Edward Markey noted, “This legislation will create jobs by the millions.” More famously, the stimulus legislation promised, according the White House, to save or create 3.5 million jobs by the end of this year and keep unemployment below 8%. Counterfactual arguments aside (i.e., ultimately, it’s hard to know exactly how the economy would have performed without fiscal stimulus), it is disappointingly clear that the stimulus failed to deliver on its promised results.

As I argued this past week, Americans rightfully demand “for government to play some positive role in their lives.” The question is not whether Congress should take action to address the economy, but what form such action should take. We remain in need of true patient-centered health-care reform, all-of-the-above energy solutions, transparent and effective financial regulations, and serious entitlement reform to strengthen our safety net. Legislative action is needed to restrain the explosive growth of government spending. Legislative action is needed to prevent massive tax hikes from hitting job creators at the end of the year. Last week, House Minority Leader John Boehner put forward a common-sense plan that does both: cuts spending and stops tax hikes. (Source: Washington Post)

Congressman Ryan does an excellent job of laying out the need to get the fundamentals right if there is going to be TRUE job creation and a TRUE economic recovery.

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Constitution of NO

Jim DeMint, Incumbent Senator
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If President Obama’s motto is “Yes, we can,” the Constitution’s is “No, you can’t.”

When a reporter asked House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) during a press conference last year where the Constitution granted Congress the authority to enact an individual health-insurance mandate, she answered, “Are you serious? Are you serious?” Speaker Pelosi then dismissed the question and moved on to the next reporter.

This exchange illustrates the way “yes we can” liberals treat the Constitution: They simply ignore it when it gets in the way of their big-government bailouts and takeovers.

Democrats have always been the “party of go,” bent on transforming America with their “living Constitution,” which changes to suit the political whims of the day. That’s why Republicans shouldn’t flinch when they are criticized as being the “party of no.” Saying no is necessary to uphold the freedoms on which our nation was founded.

The Constitution is full of no’s. It is by telling the government what it cannot do that the Constitution protects our freedoms. The Founders loathed tyranny and sought to erect a government ruled by law, not people. As Thomas Paine wrote in Common Sense, “in America the law is king.”

If President Obama’s motto is “Yes, we can,” the Constitution’s is “No, you can’t.” Obama may have once been a constitutional scholar, but he’s no constitutionalist.

Although the Constitution does give some defined powers to the federal government, it is overwhelmingly a document of limits, and those limits must be respected. That’s why it’s more important than ever for Republicans to say no. We are standing against a long progressive effort to transform the country. Its roots are in the New Deal and the Great Society; today, President Obama’s spending, bailouts, and takeovers are testing the Constitution in new and unprecedented ways.

An American awakening is taking place, however, and citizens are demanding that the government once again affirm its allegiance to our country’s constitutional principles. If Republicans want to protect the Constitution and ensure our nation’s survival as the beacon of liberty, “No” is an answer we are obligated to give and to proudly defend.

In the era of unlimited government, saying no is an act of patriotism, and being a member of the “party of no” should be a badge of honor. (Source: Jim DeMint)

Well said Senator DeMint.  Be sure to go to the source as it is a very insightful article.  Wisdom that Republicans would be wise to utilize on the campaign trail this fall.

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