Obamacare: one picture is worth 20,000 pages of regulations

March 12, 2013
And this is just the start.

And this is just the start.

Via Steven Hayward, this photo shows the stack of regulations released so far for Obamacare – a stack seven feet high:

Obamacare-Regs-copy

In his post, Hayward writes:

…the effectual truth of modern American government is that Congress no longer enacts laws in the meaningful sense of the word.  Instead, they pass wish lists, and delegate the actual lawmaking to unelected administrators.

Simple test: if Congress passes a statute–even one that is 1,600 pages long like Obamacare, but the law can’t go into effect as written, it is not really a law at all.  The simple proof is the photo here that Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office has released, showing the 20,000-plus pages of regulations issued so far for the implementation of Obamacare.  ”Regulation” is just a multi-syllabic word for “law,” after all.  The point is, administrators–the slightly nicer term for “bureaucrats”–now govern us much more than our elected lawmakers do.  One almost wonders why we have elections at all.  (Actually, many bureaucrats actually do wonder this.)

(Emphasis added)

That bolded portion is the key. Since the advent of the administrative state under the progressives, beginning under TR and Wilson, but really taking off under FDR, only occasionally slowing since, and now in a full-throated roar under Obama, Congress has ceded more and more of its lawmaking power to bureaucrats, chasing the progressive dream of an administrative state free of messy democratic politics and that obsolete Constitution. And this is only the start, not only of regulations under Obamacare, but the avalanche soon to come via Dodd-Frank, too.

Of course, while Congress gives away their duties to unelected mandarins, they continue to enjoy nice salaries and tremendous perks.

Nice work, if you can get it.

(h/t Jonah Goldberg)

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Obama aides: “Charm offensive is a joke”

March 12, 2013

Gee, it must make their boss so happy to have his own aides mocking his latest strategy to deal with with congressional Republicans:

President Obama for the first time appears to be making a full-fledged effort to extend an olive branch to congressional Republicans, dining with a group of GOP senators last week and penciling in a lunch date with Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. His advisers are not pleased by the move, according to the National Journal’s Ron Fournier. 

“This is a joke. We’re wasting the president’s time and ours,” a senior White House official told Fournier of the president’s outreach efforts. “I hope you all (in the media) are happy because we’re doing it for you.”

Other current and former administration officials made similar remarks to reporters and openly on Twitter.

In other words, the dinner, the lunches, all the “reaching out” are all for show, probably more due to his tanking poll numbers than with any real desire to reach a compromise solution to our nation’s fiscal mess. But, we all knew that, right? Obama’s overriding strategic goal is income redistribution, followed by the managed decline of the United States into a West European-style social democracy. Tactically, he needs to improve his poll numbers to give his side a reasonable chance of taking the House and keeping the Senate in 2014. Serious reform of the kind we really need on taxes, entitlements, and government spending, would endanger those goals. Hence, he’ll never agree to them.

So, really, these aides and former aides are just guilty of speaking the truth.  But there’s no way Obama is thrilled to have his cynical strategy exposed so publicly, by his own people.

I bet the next staff meeting will be real fun.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)