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Monday, February 20, 2012

Bureaucracy on line #1…please hold!

You have reached the Bureau to Limit Government Red Tape. For English press one. To speak with an automated voice with a different accent please press #3765985758993 and choose from the directory (rap lingo coming soon!). For all questions pertaining to federal grants, loans and financial aid, please press *45 and wait for the next available automated voice…approximate hold time 34 minutes. To apply for emergency assistance for food, clothing, or shelter, please visit your local post office and fill out forms 67585c, 67593b, 35582a, and attach all required documentation. Make sure to use the ‘expedited’ envelopes provided for fast, reliable service…there will be no charge for mailing but please allow 6-8 weeks for processing. To make a donation to the Barack Obama re-election fund press #01, operators are standing by to take your call…


All kidding aside, The annual cost of regulation—$1.75 trillion by one frequently cited estimate—represents twice the amount of individual income taxes collected last year. Overall, from the beginning of the Obama Administration to mid-fiscal year (FY) 2011, regulators have imposed $38 billion in new costs on the American people, more than any comparable period on record. Consider Washington’s red tape to be a hidden tax.
The mountain of regulations didn’t begin under the Obama Administration. Under the Administration of George W. Bush, for example, $60 billion in additional annual regulatory costs were imposed on Americans. The rate at which burdens are growing has accelerated under the Obama Administration.
“Red Tape Rising: A 2011 Mid-Year Report,” The Heritage Foundation’s James Gattuso and Diane Katz explain the pervasiveness of government’s intrusive regulatory hand (that oftentimes goes well beyond ensuring product safety) and how it controls nearly every facet of your daily life. This seemingly endless march of government control, daily crosses new bounds that open the flood gates to an ever widening stranglehold on our freedom. The heavy hand of government control knows no limits, it is a cancer that spreads, and left unchecked, as history clearly shows, it will destroy everything in it`s path until it finally consumes itself.