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Obama’s Expansion of Government Revealed

Below the radar, beyond the loudly visible fights in Congress, President Obama is enacting a complex and far reaching regulatory agenda that will affect your wallets and your lives in untold ways. In many cases, likely, forever.

According to a major new investigation by Politico:

Far more than he let on in the State of the Union, the president has marshaled the tools of his office to advance policies, many unabashedly liberal, that push deep into everyday life for tens of millions of Americans.

He wants to change how power plants operate. And what we buy for lunch. How we travel to work. And how our kids learn math. How our gasoline is formulated. How we light our aquariums.

As he tees up for his final three years, Obama is pushing to take his executive power further still, with the most ambitious regulatory agenda in decades. Executive actions now underway could shut down for-profit colleges that don’t meet the administration’s definition of success — even if they’re popular with students. They could raise the price of products ranging from trucks to furnace fans to manufactured housing to aquarium lights, by requiring them to be made more energy-efficient. The executive agenda even reaches the fires of the family hearth, with the Environmental Protection Agency planning strict new requirements for home wood stoves.

Whether American guns can be sold abroad. How smokeless tobacco can be marketed. Which nonprofits can stage get-out-the-vote drives. What constitutes a single serving of potato chips.

And, perhaps, just how salty those chips should be.

All this, and much more, will depend in large part on the behind-the-scenes churning of the federal bureaucracy — managed, or by many accounts micro-managed, by the White House.

The White House likes to perpetuate the misleading statistic that Obama has promulgated regulations at a pace comparable to Bush and Clinton. Politico found that this obscures what’s really happening:

In his first term, his administration enacted 246 regulations classified as “economically significant,” meaning they carry an economic impact of more than $100 million. That’s considerably more than either George W. Bush or Bill Clinton enacted in either of their terms. The Obama administration has added another 54 economically significant regulations so far in his second term. Many are connected to the health care law or Dodd-Frank.

The Heritage Foundation slices the data another way. It looks at how many regulations are “prescriptive,” meaning they impose mandates on the private sector. Its tally: 131 “prescriptive” rules issued during Obama’s first term — and 31 added last year. By comparison, Bush issued 52 prescriptive rules during his first term, said Diane Katz, a research fellow at the foundation.

This is where the action is. Behind the scenes. Where the founders intended. The founders of the Soviet Union, that is.

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22 Responses to Obama’s Expansion of Government Revealed

  1. The crooner-in-chief

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    I write the rules that make the whole world sting.
    I write the rules of wh.gov and special things.
    I write the rules that makes the whole world cry.
    I write the rules, I rewrite the rules.

  2. While you and a few others do your best to expose and disseminate the main stream press/media is STILL covering for this “transformation”!

    No Republic, no matter how well founded, can survive the cancer of a demagogueing despot protected by a propaganda press more interested in the next party invite than telling the truth.

    And yes, I’ve already checked and no, “self-destruction” is not covered under Obamacare.

  3. We only pretend that we live in a “free” country, when in reality every government employee, elected or not, can decide every aspect of of lives without consulting us for our approval.
    It’s not just the federal government’s actions, but every governing body that tells us what we can do, what we must do, and decides our punishment if we don’t follow the rules.

    • Just read a grimly funny piece by Alexander Aciman in the WSJ about our bygone lightbulbs–how about some “choice” for those? “something almost nauseating about the quality of the dull light…made my living room look like an interrogation cell.” Prob developed at Gitmo.

      • The sellers on Amazon still have supplies of incandescent bulbs. My garage is full.
        My big gripe now is …no plastic bags.
        I refuse to become a peasant – carrying those cheap tote bags everywhere. So I pay 10 cents for paper bags, which will be banned next year in CA.
        The L.A. Times had a contest for the most creative tote bags on the day that plastic was banned. Send us a pic of you and your friends at the market with your creative tote bags! No mention of a prize.
        I sent them a pic of a grody trash bag from my garbage pail.

  4. Why now, POLITICO? The horses have left the barn. The chickens have come home to roost. We are now officially in a state of lawlessness.
    All of you in the LSM are responsible and complicit in this tragedy. What did you think when this insane tyrant said we were only 5 days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America?
    Did you ask questions when he told Joe the Plumber that he was going to mug him and steal his wallet to distribute his hard-earned money to the derelicts of the country?
    Did you believe all the hype about a transformational Black president?
    Were you suspicious at the first hint of racism, i.e. Professor Gates and the Cambridge cop?
    Did you question his bona fides and sealed records?
    Did you wonder about his cronies – the radical Chicago lefties?
    And did you ever question the motives of the Great Divider who has done nothing but demonize and bloody his predecessor, along with every American who fought to save the country from this radical regime?
    Now is the time to come to the aid of your country. Get pro-active! Start the impeachment ball rolling. Time is of the essence.

    • Those are some good questions, @girly1.
      We could ask the same to the unions that are now rebelling against Obamacare, or just the run of the mill Dem voter who thought it would just be wonderful to elect someone without any qualifications just because he was “Black”.

      Just like the woman in California who whined that she was all in favor of Obamacare until she found out she would be paying for it, the MSM finds itself shut out of the WhiteHouse and begging for scraps of news from this administration.
      All of them thought the “other guy” would be feeling the pain, the “other guy” would be paying for everything, but now that it seems the all of us are the “other guy”, they don’t like it.

  5. Obama reigns, by definition and by design, over a lawless administration. He does what he wants, when he wants it, how he wants it done. The noose around the necks of the citizenry tightens every day. The US Constitution has all the tools and procedures needed to rein him in, yet no one does. Republicans and Democrats alike allow him to spit on the Constitution.

  6. Look at the headlines on Drudge. Admittedly this is always about selling a point of view or making a comment.

    But, the amount of security at the SuperBowl is unprecedented. And yet, no one challenges the need for that level of armed force and oversight.

    And the Administration of this piece and the next one is very happy indeed about the fact that we question nothing. And that is a large part of why we are where we are.

    That and the fact that the press is as responsible for this takeover of the America we knew and loved as any bureaucrat or thug from Chicago who joined with the President and his ProgRats.

    I haven’t read the Politico article yet, but I am heading over there. The real significance of it is not that it was written but why wasn’t it written sooner — these are all new facts and suspicions and events?

    Like Nancy Pelosi said about Obamacare — you have to read the bill to find out what’s in it. We are doing that and America doesn’t like it. (so rather than repeal it the Republicans are doing what they always do — make small changes to fix the unfixable ).

    And now, with the fundamental transformation of Amerika into a country where rule of one party and subservience to the regulatory bureaucrats is being cemented into place, we will become aware of it bit by bit and drip by drip. Just like Obamacare.

    And I suspect that the response will be like the Republican response to Obamacare and Immigration.

    And those people on Twitter railing against conservatives with mixed raced families, the men and women of OFA, the MSNBC viewers (I believe more people watch that than CNN) — those people are the foot soldiers.