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Thou Shalt Comply With Government Regulations or You’ll Have Hell to Pay, says AMAC

capitol-buildingSome rules are needed but there are just too many that are ‘downright inane’

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 19 – “They call it The Ten Thousand Commandments Report because if you don’t comply with the regulations created by Capitol bureaucrats – not our elected lawmakers – you’ll have hell to pay.  It’s a publication of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which says that the cost of complying in the country has steadily increased in recent years and now stands at a whopping $15,000 for each and every household.  That’s nearly $2 trillion in burdensome costs at a time when the nation is in hot water economically,” reports Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Weber notes that there are some regulations that make sense and deserve to be created and enforced, but there are those regulations that make little or no sense and are downright inane.

“Do we need a regulation prohibiting churches from selling tombstones so as not to upset commercial monument makers or the one that requires you to purchase insurance that includes birth control coverage?  And then there is the one that expands the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to include even puddles on a farm.  These are just a few examples of the kinds of frivolous directives that so-called government  watchdogs create every year,” Weber explains.

The CEI says that the compliance cost of regulations this year will come to a total of $1.9 trillion.  That’s more than the IRS collects on personal and corporate income taxes, according to CEI vice president Clyde Wayne Crews Jr.

Crews points out that while Congress enacted just 114 laws last year, federal agencies issued 3,410 rules.  So far this year, with nearly four and half months left till the New Year, the administration’s various agencies have issued or are preparing to issue 3,297 regulations with more to come.

“The cost of regulations and the impact these rules have on our daily lives gets little notice.  Perhaps it is because the rules are imposed without benefit of debate.  It is about time, therefore, that we encourage those who we elected to be our eyes and ears inside the beltway to do what they were sent there to do—to protect our interests, Weber concludes.

He says that the issue of government regulatory authority run-amok is not a political issue.  It’s an American issue that requires bi-partisan attention because we simply can’t afford the nearly $2 trillion dollar price tag, Weber.

“Some believe that the Executive Branch uses its regulatory authority to bypass Congress because it’s easier to make rulings instead of enacting laws, especially when the opposition outnumbers the president’s party in both the Senate and the House .  But whether they are right or wrong, the fact is that under this administration we’ve earned the moniker, Regulation Nation.”

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Craig Granchi
4 years ago

These agencies have grown to a point that nobody knows who is doing what and they’ve imposed their own made up regulations, fines and so on. EPA, Corp of Engineers, DEP and there is so many more you can’t even count them. They abuse power that they have no right to have in the first place. I’m dealing with DEP & Corp of Engineers now because I have about a 1/4 acre wet lands on a 3 acre lot I want to build on. It has a flower in it somewhere. And I really do think they intentionally hire people that are just plain stupid and that ya can’t fix !!! Give them a little power and look out. For now, play their game, get your inspections passed them do what the hell you want to. But that doesn’t work with a business where there’s repeat inspections, there it’s money out of your pocket
Thank You for letting me VENT. Ohhh they piss me off

Pheasantww
5 years ago

The Federal Government is out of control and incapable of fixing their own problems. It doesn’t matter who is POTUS or who we elect to Congress. We tried this in 1994 with the Repub’s taking back the House. That did little and is only a memory now. We recently tried the TEA Party. That has all but fizzled out.
The Founders gave us a means to fix it in Article V of the US Constitution

The States can amend the US Constitution by themselves without Congress or POTUS or any Governor via a limited Amendment Convention: An Article V Convention of States.

Lets take back the misused power from the Feds and give it to the States where it belongs.

Give us Liberty this year and join the Convention of States project.
Here is a link to our other web site that has even more info: Convention of States.com
Sign our e-petition and help us win this fight.
Please Click: http://www.cosaction.com/?recruiter_id=71122

Ralph
5 years ago

The chief idiot in dc, just paid 1.3B in interest on 400M in 13, 100M checks to iran. I thought they couldn’t pay the 400M in checks because we didn’t have banking relations with iran, but now they can be paid in checks 2 days later? We can pay that much money to a terrorist country but I can’t get a s/s cola and neither can you? They are bankrupting medicare (our money) withheld all our lives, by taking care of illegals, but we have to wait in line? MY FRIENDS, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE, AND WHY ARE WE PUTTING UP WITH IT? Do any of you also question how you earn 1.3 billion on 400 million, in interest. THIS HAS TO STOP NOW. ANYONE WHO WOULD VOTE FOR hillarity IS AN IDIOT.

PaulE
5 years ago
Reply to  Ralph

Hi Ralph,

Guess you found the latest unethical action a bit over the top as well. Well since our Dear Leader only has a few months left in office he doesn’t feel it necessary to bother with the pretense of following his oath of office. Now to just clarify a few points:

1. The $400 million was money the Shah of Iran paid the US. in 1979 for weapons never delivered. So this is NOT our money. It was money of the former Iranian government that was over-thrown. A case could easily be made that this money was forfeit due to the over-throw of the Shah or for the various terrorist actions of the current Iranian government. However, no Democrat President would do that. We have to be punished after all.

2. Obama paid the $1.3 billion in interest back in 13 installments of $99,999,990.00 to avoid government reporting rules related to transfers of $100, 000,000.00 or more. Just like money launderers do transfers under $10,000.00 to shirt reporting rules. Don’t expect anyone to be held accountable for this item.

3. As for how $400 million can generate $1.3 billion in interest, that is simple. $400 million earning compound interest, tax free, for 37 years is how.

I agree with you that anyone who would vote for Hillary or any Democrat is a total idiot. Unfortunstely, there are a LOT of idiots in this country at this point and they can all vote. This November will determine the future of this country for at lesdt the next 100 years, if not permanently.

Ralph
5 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Hi Paul. I know 1 & 2, I was condensing. Why are we paying compound interest, which I feel we have no obligation to do, and they never paid damages to us for the entire hostage situation, which by the way was brought to us by the democrats, or the hostages themselves. We should have kept the 400M for what they owed us. The medicare money is mine. They withheld it from me from day1, as they did you. Actually they stole it because they did not save it for us like they promised. Another democrat crime. One after another and we do nothing to stop them.

PaulE
5 years ago
Reply to  Ralph

If your question is why do the Democrats consistently do what they do, the answer is simple. The Party sincerely believes America is unjust and evil. That we all need to be punished for being a successful nation where people were largely free to pursue their own lives free of the massive boot of the government in their necks. We stood as an example to the rest of the world, that people could not only succeed without the government controlling all aspects of our lives, but actually control our own destinies. That is completely unacceptable to socialists or communists, who believe all rights and freedoms come from a central government directing All aspects of peoples’ lives. That is why Democrats constantly try to undermine the country at every turn.

Expect further looting of SS and Medicare funds to fund all manner of the Democrat’s progressive (socialist) agenda plus lots of tax hikes if Hillary wins in November. We are NOT a priority of the Democrat Party or their supporters. They simply view us as a piggybank to to tapped on a regular basis to fund their agenda.

W. Brant Powell
5 years ago

No action on the part of conservatives will be permanently successful until enough citizens are educated (formally or through experience) in the value of conservative principals so a voting majority is achieved.

cragan
5 years ago

Congress should oversees the EPA department. The EPA department power is out of control. Although, some regulations are good, but some actually have caused some businesses to close. The money the business has to pay in order to comply with the regulations is outrageous.
And there are too many lobbyists. Should outlaw this practice.

\"Rusty\" Moore
5 years ago

Check the case of “Kuglin vs. IRS” in Knoxville, Tennessee District Court, April of 2004. Kuglin and her counsel/lawyer Larry Beecraft WON her tax case when the IRS did not and could not show ANY law that required defendant Kuglin to pay ‘income tax’ on $950,000 compensation (NOT ‘income’) from her employer FedEx. ‘Income’ is financial GAIN from CORPORATE activities. ‘Compensation’ is payment for one’s time and proprietary talent and/or WORK. Major difference! The IRS ignored Ms. Kuglin and failed to respond to Ms. Kuglin’s repeated annual formal requests to the IRS to show lawful cause for her to pay any taxes on her compensation. The IRS never responded. She WON her case in a regular federal court, not a gov’t biased, pre-judged “tax court” not subject to standard Constitutional law. The liberal-biased media & press did not cover this amazing case as it should have. The dreaded IRS was soundly beaten, fair and square. There have been other citizen tax victories, but we seldom hear of them. That’s really a shame. Not a very honest, responsive, responsible ‘representative’ government, in my opinion! IRS abuses continue to this day. Look at that criminal IRS employee Lois Lerner, who ‘learned’ NOTHING, nor has yet spent one minute in prison for her outrageous, clearly biased, ILLEGAL and egregious conduct and gross abuses. -Rusty ;-)

\"Rusty\" Moore
5 years ago

Good examples of just such abuses; Pinal County, Arizona’s “Board of Stupid-visors” has a hugely onerous regulation that charges a whopping $700 a day for private citizens, and $10,000 a day for businesses deemed to be in violation of county ordinances. I know businesses that don’t make $700 a day, let alone $10,000 per day, and this for some truly “chicken-skeet” rules and regulations! They don’t care about how wrong it is to create onerous, unreasonable, really stupid ordinances, then to levy hugely excessive fines for supposed “violations”. These agents and agencies are not themselves accountable to us, yet they regularly ruin lives and wipe out families and individuals with regularity and impunity while doing business. I intend to challenge such ridiculous, unjustifiable ordinances to the best of my ability, using the legal action of “quo warranto” if necessary. Look that one up! Literally, “By what or whose authority do you act?” This powerful legal action forces the gov’t agent or agency to clearly show how it complies with the Constitution by and through its actions. Simply being a gov’t agent or agency by and of itself is NOT enough. Proof MUST be provided, and this action often results in the gov’t agent or agency backing off or dropping any/all assessed violations, fines and/or charges. – Rusty ;-)

\"Rusty\" Moore
5 years ago

I have coined the phrase, “Strangulation by Regulation” to describe the hydra-headed monster of over-regulation by all-too-numerous, power-hungry zealots who all too frequently abuse whatever legitimate authority they may have. The EPA and California’s onerous and infamous ‘CARB’ air quality agency are perfect examples, as are the Interior Department’s BLM, the equally onerous Dept. of Transportation/DOT, OSHA, MSHA, and the Fish & Game agencies that overstep and exceed whatever lawful authority they may have. I can name a slew of other agencies, federal, state and county/city that add to this serious, costly, growing problem. The various governments simply don’t consider the major impact of or care about the very real costs of compliance with their dictates and administrative rules. This, in and of itself, flies directly in the face of our Constitution and simple common sense. It also is the result of intentional, flagrant violations of officials’ sworn Oaths of Office. Why does this unjust, illegal and abusive practice continue? – Rusty

Nick Glorioso
5 years ago

Absolutely correct. These edicts that are passed by administrative agencies and executive agencies ARE NOT laws; they are little more than unconstitutional rules and regulations. As I seem to recall it was no less than the esteemed J. Edgar Hoover who so eloquently stated: “If more than three percent of the American people refuse to obey a law / edict / rule / regulation, etc. than it cannot be a law.”

What would our big, bad, scary federal government do if everyone (well, everyone with a backbone) simply stopped paying attention to these unconstitutional laws / edicts / rules / regulations, etc.? Throw everyone in jail? Me. thinks not.

That statement by J. Edgar Hoover was used as a rallying cry during the eighties and nineties when the so-call “Illegal Tax Protest” was in high gear. Yeah….they got a few of us, but we really made life a living hell for the hated IRS.

bwee
5 years ago

Not sure how many of the readers have actually “read” the article. #1. These rules are not “laws.” Laws are bills written by lawmakers (Senate and House of Rep) and passed by both, then signed by the president. If we Americans so desire, we can influence our elected officials to pass or not pass these bills into law. #2 These thousands of rules (or policies) referred to in the article are written by bureaucrats (civil service employees) that are hired to serve in the organizations created by presidents and their administration. They actually have MORE power than our elected representatives! These bureaucrats do not have to answer to anyone for the decisions they make, except the people/person who hired them. If you’re still confused about “what” organizations, I’ll name a few: FDA, USDA, Bureau of Land Management, IRS, Dept of Education, Dept of Social Services, and, yes, the United States Department of Defense, etc. I worked for civil service and saw this in action.

Jim
5 years ago

Lets start by cutting out all the perks the 2 houses have(Life time medical and life time pensions for only 4 years of work ).Lets incentivies the take away of rules and regulations that are cumbersome and do not work by making it a fee based incentive for our elected officials.Outlaw all lobbyist acivities unless they provide thier services for free!!Ha Ha that will stop a lot of glad handing up thier in the old capitol building.No free mailings for incumbents for thier election campaigns .I could go on but Im just wasting my breath as most Americans dont give a crap.

HARRY
5 years ago
Reply to  Jim

That all sounds good but the people that have the votes to change things are the same people that have the sweet deals they made for themselves . Would I vote to cut out my pension or med deal ? sorry but ain’t gonna happen. but i do agree with you Jim .

Eagle Eye
5 years ago
Reply to  Jim

Make it a permanent law that both house and senate will only serve two terms…no more careers politicians period. I think I read that somewhere that our Founders wanted a fair and balanced system; where all Americans of all cailber may serve. But of course, the corruption of man comes into play and spoils the rules…

Phyllis Schultz
5 years ago

A new Senate and new House is a start, but if we don’t stop Executive orders and executive over reach, we won’t need Congress.

Joe Morgan
5 years ago

The only thing I can think of that might even begin to help is a new Senate and a new House. We need to throw all the rascals out on both sides of the isle at the ballot box in November and start all over again. It will never happen. People gripe about the abysmal job Congress is doing, but they continue to reelect their own Congressmen and Senators, no matter how poorly and/or corruptly they have served the interests of the people .

charlotte
5 years ago
Reply to  Joe Morgan

You are absolutely correct.

Fulton Phillips
5 years ago
Reply to  Joe Morgan

we tried that in the republican party but the republican big shots are working against it.!!!!

Sandy
5 years ago

The purpose of so many laws is so they can have something against anyone whenever they decide to take someone down. I’ve read of many obscure laws on the books that have been used when nothing else could be worked out to haul someone in.

Ralph
5 years ago

One more non subject amac. Come on. You really can’t think of anything else to talk about less than 90 days before the election. You are really becoming a non organization. Making me sorry I joined. I thought you were going to be relevant to conservative issues. How about illegal immigration, hillarys crimes, GITMO, hillary wanting to allow 500000 more Syrians into our country, and you want to talk about the epa. What a waste of time.

Robby
5 years ago
Reply to  Ralph

What party does AMAC represent thru this website? The questions seem to be same week in week out.

Yes, there are other stories that needs to be discuss before the elections in November.

Hilary is sick, but with what? Trump is holding out with his taxes. We still have military personnel in the Middle East still dying for us. The Clinton Foundation. Clintons emails still a story. The FBI holding information about Hilary.

There are plenty of stories that 50 and older Americans could be discussing and debating more of…we are awaiting!

Ralph
5 years ago
Reply to  Robby

Thank you, Robby!

Richard Tremaine
5 years ago

Here is something else for your consideration. I had occasion to go to our local school board administration building last week. I entered room that had at least 50
cubicles. Can you imagine that. What are all those people doing? I am flabbergasted. All these people feeding at the public trough. What has happened to America?

Richard Tremaine
5 years ago

If we do not regulate the bureaucracy, we might just as well all work for the government. Vote Republican conservatives who believe in small government. We must
close departments of government that are no longer necessary. Mainly the Dept. of Education. Homeland Security, At least half the intelligence operations from various organizations, Dept. of Energy. That department inaugurated by Jimmy Carter was supposed to cut down on our purchase of oil from the Middle East. The department now has 16,000 employees and we still buy oil from the Middle East. Homeland Security should have gone to the FBI. Dept. of Education should go back to the States and then back to
the local school boards. The tax code should be simplified and the IRS reduced to collect tax only. No more rules or regulations made without permission of congress, both house and senate. These representatives should be working for a living.

charlotte
5 years ago

I agree with some of your ideas. We need a Congress that works in the interest of the citizens and not for the top 1 one percent, oil cartels, big banks, etc. Congress is the one who makes laws. They are not doing their jobs and have make agreements not to do it. Fully documented. Everyone seems to overlook this important fact and blame the administration for what they cannot do. As far as the Dept of Education, we need it because many of the States will not provide adequate funding tor education so that they can stuff theirs and their cronies pockets. We need to improve the education system not eliminate education support. If you think we have problems now what do you think we would have with adding to the lack of knowledge that we are suffering with now. President Carter began to cut back on our dependence of the Middle East but we the citizens did not like the sacrifice it required. I know I lived through it. Long gas lines, no hot water in the bath rooms in government buildings, etc etc… no one said we want to help.

Gloria P. Sterling
5 years ago
Reply to  charlotte

Having been involved, as a parent, when my children were still in school, I have to disagree with you about the Dept. of Education; the NEA, in particular was one of the biggest anti-children, at that time in the gov. I imagine it has grown to be even more so, from everything I have read.

Howard Wood
5 years ago

rule making

Howard Wood
5 years ago

I think we should write our representatives & senators and ask them to stop this.

Ralph
5 years ago
Reply to  Howard Wood

I agree, Howard. Unfortunately do you think we would get anything except a form letter glorifying all of their accomplishments, or other legalese that no one can interpret?

charlotte
5 years ago
Reply to  Ralph

We must keep responding. You may get a form letter back but you can be sure it is noted that your voice is registered as a assent or dissent. It is very very important that we speak out. It does matter.

Gloria P. Sterling
5 years ago
Reply to  charlotte

How can you be sure? I doubt that they even see ANY of the letters and they are probably filed away, never to be read again, or just “filed” in the wastebasket or destroyed shredder.

Tom
5 years ago

Gloria, Charlotte, Ralph, Howard. Don’t send a letter. Find out when your Senator or member of Congress is in Local office and go in. Remind him/her that he/she works for you . Ask questions and don’t accept non-answers. Study the issues before you go in so the person knows that you know what you are talking about.
Join the discussion

James
5 years ago
Reply to  Tom

I believe you should make an appt. with them and show up with 500 people! stating we want change on these Policies, Rules, Laws, Regulations. (should be looked at, discussed….) Yet explaining that if nothing is done. He WILL NOT HAVE THE PEOPLES SUPPORT NEXT TERM OR ELECTION TELLING HIM OR HER THAT YOU WIILL BE BACK TO SEE HIS ACOMPLISHMENTS RETURNING THE NEXT TIME with 100 people 5000 SIGNATURES with petition… bet something gets done!!! maybe not every thing but a lot.

Ralph
5 years ago
Reply to  charlotte

Charlotte I am sure that if I write a letter to harry reid telling him I am opposed to anything the dumacrats do, he will take the time to respond, and really care what I think! Are you kidding? Another waste of time!

Gloria P. Sterling
5 years ago
Reply to  Howard Wood

I wish you success. I stopped writing when I kept receiving form letters that didn’t even address the stated issue.

Charles Lopresto
5 years ago

The government, especially with this current administration, demands more taxes to pay for more things that they were never intended by our founding fathers to have responsibility for and are not able to adequately manage in the first place. Our government was never intended to be our health provider, family planning counselor, dietician, social and cultural arbiter, educator, environmental inspector, tax collector, and our local police force. They are in charge of the national defense, securing our border, regulating immigration (the proper way with screening and fair, legal procedures), establishing interstate highways, trade and commerce, and maintaining a currency. And, here is a novel thought…upholding our Constitution! That is about it.
Do we really want every service that we need to use, be run like the Dept. of Motor Vehicles or the Post Office?

TWSHORTY
5 years ago

Join the discussion My sentiments exactly. Our administration cares only about themselves and what will help them no matter the costs to us, the taxpayers, nor how it will affect us economically, physically or mentally nor how we have to exist day by day with the decisions they make that is not in our best interest.

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