Sunday, January 23, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Dr. Michael S. Coffman Ph. D.
January 23, 2011

Many conservatives holding their breath during the 2010 lame duck session were relieved that the progressives didn’t pass as much damaging legislation as feared. Unfortunately, they celebrated too quickly. Just as everyone was settling down for Christmas, all those unaccountable Obama Czars were finally able to do what they were hired to do; implement regulations that Congress could never pass as legislation. These regulations are no longer just strangling our economy. They are destroying it.

Excessive regulations have far greater impact than is generally thought. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) reported that 80,000 pages of proposed and new regulations were printed in the Federal Register in 2008. Over 26,000 pages out of the 80,000 were new regulations to which businesses must conform. CEI estimated that the compliance cost in 2008 was a staggering $1.2 trillion dollars. That is 8 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product! That cost is added on to the price of everything we buy.[1] The man hours needed by businesses to read these new rules are in the millions of hours. Is it any wonder that U.S. businesses and industry are fleeing to other nations?

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