Nearly 4,000 regulations are squirming their way through the federal bureaucracy in the last year of Barack Obama’s presidency – many costing industry more than $100 million – in a mad dash by the White House to push through government actions affecting everything from furnaces to gun sales to Guantanamo.
The Politico article is a shameless puff piece which means it takes the PR angle of focusing on the test marketed “safety” regs that pits noble bureaucrats against evil businesses. But really this is about imposing as much extra-legislative and extra-democratic change on the country as possible using the left’s bureaucratic Deep State.
The list could go on for thousands of regulations, and while Obama’s executive agencies are intent on pushing through the president’s priorities without congressional interference, industry lawsuits and congressional hearings will surely slow the Obama regulation freight train.
Or they could just tear up the tracks.
The Politico piece lists an e-cigarette ban for under 18-ers. And more bids to completely trash your home appliances.
The Energy Department is working on dozens of new or updated efficiency standards for computers, gas furnaces, dishwashers, pool heaters, air conditioners, walk-in coolers and freezers, vending machines, ceiling fans, fluorescent lamp ballast, boilers, ovens, and hearths.
As Politico puts it, this will save consumers money. In the real world, these types of regulations at best, make appliances more expensive and less efficient. Sometimes, as with dishwashers, they make them completely useless.
“The furnace rule’s cost will vary according to region and furnace type, but AAC’s Dan Batkins puts it at $741 million annually, making this – to industry, anyway – the most costly regulation in the pre-May 18 batch.”
To “industry”. Because industries don’t pass on costs to consumers. At least in Politico’s magical world. A cost of $741 million to industry is a cost of $741 million to consumers.
But the highlight will be Obama closing Gitmo and freeing all the terrorists. Because he cares that much about Americans.