Regulatory Budgets and Jobs Explode Under Obama

Bob Beauprez

One of Barack Obama’s job creation programs appears to be working – the number of federal government regulators along with their budgets has exploded since 2008.

Total employment at the conglomeration of federal agencies responsible for enforcing compliance with the myriad of laws now exceeds 281,000 people.  That’s an increase of 13 percent during a time when 27 million Americans find themselves unemployed, under-employed, or have completely given up even trying to find work.  The budgets at these same agencies have increased 16 percent during the same period to over $54 billion.

With the expanded staffs, the agencies have ramped up new regulations at a frightening pace, too.  The Federal Register, already about 80,000 pages, where all the regulation is posted increased 18 percent in 2010 alone, and 4,200 new rules or revisions are in the pipeline.  According to the IBD published report, that doesn’t count impending clean air rules from the EPA, new derivative rules, the FCC’s net neutrality rules, or the recently announced CAFE fuel mandates, or the eventual plethora new regulation mandated by ObamaCare and the Dodd-Frank legislation.

Obama’s regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, however is in denial.  He recently said, “There has been no increase in rule making in this administration,” and pointed out that Obama had ordered the agencies to look for needless red tape.  That apparently is yet another instance where what the Administration does and what it says are very different things.

Equally bizarre, the Administration apparently thinks the explosion of government spending and new regulation is an “economic stimulus” of its own kind…

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