Government isn’t supposed to work this way

January 3, 2015 by  

The “business” of government regulation is booming – and it’s crushing real businesses.

In the last two weeks of 2014 the Obama administration enacted over 1,200 new regulations  – and the President is poised to unleash another 2,375 in 2015.

Yes, we’re still the financial capital of the world with a GDP of $16.7 trillion last year, nearly a quarter of the global total, but we’re falling further behind every year and regulators have a lot to do with it.

According to Forbes.com, “The U.S. ranks 18th in Forbes’ ninth annual ranking of the Best Countries for Business, down four spots from last year. It marks the fifth straight year of declines since 2009, when the U.S. ranked second.”

Government isn’t supposed to work this way.  Let’s change it!

Which is why I’m sponsoring the Regulation Freedom Amendment this session:

• Decisions that should be made by elected officials accountable to voters are now being dictated by federal regulators in Washington.

• In many cases regulations are really a hidden tax. “Regulation without Representation” often results in “Taxation without Representation”.

• Just like laws, major federal regulations should be approved by Congress before they can go into effect.

• Many legal scholars believe that because the Constitution has been interpreted to require a separation of powers between the Executive and Legislative Branches of the federal government, only a Constitutional Amendment can give Congress the power to approve a regulation issued by the Executive Branch.

• The Regulation Freedom Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would permanently require that Congress approve major new federal regulations.

• Here is the text of the Regulation Freedom Amendment:

“Whenever one quarter of the Members of the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate transmit to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the House and Senate to adopt that regulation.”

• A Regulation Freedom Amendment will help restore the checks and balances on federal power intended by the authors of our Constitution.

• Just as the states forced Congress to propose the original Bill of Rights, the legislatures of 2/3 of the states, if they agree on the Amendment they want, can force Congress to propose it.

• Three times in American History, starting with the Bill of Rights, and including the 17th Amendment for direct election of U.S. Senators and the 22nd Amendment for Presidential term limits, states have forced Congress to propose the Amendment states want, because Congress will do almost anything to avoid a Convention that would be more powerful than Congress.

• The “Regulation Freedom Amendment Resolution” would urge Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment.

• Similar Resolutions have been passed by the Indiana House and Senate and by the Georgia Senate and are likely to be introduced in more than 30 states in 2015, including in Arizona.

• Support for the “Regulation Freedom Amendment Resolution” sends a strong message to Congress and to federal regulators that “Regulation Without Representation” must end and that federal regulations, like federal laws, must have the consent of the governed.

More information? Check out  The Opportunity Project, Can you guess how many business regs are on the way? and Allen West’s  Since Obama took office U.S. continues to tank on Forbes’ business ranking

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