OMB: No way is there a “regulatory tsunami” on the Obama admin’s docket

posted at 4:31 pm on December 27, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Twice per year, the federal government is required to release a unified agenda of all of the “economically significant” rules and regulations that all departments and agencies plan to pursue in the coming year. Such pesky exactions hardly need apply to The Most Transparent Administration Evah, of course, and the Obama administration had mysteriously neglected to submit their agenda since the fall of 2011 — until they finally did, the afternoon before Christmas break. But don’t you dare accuse them of trying to avoid their oversight obligations in an election year and bury their regulatory intentions in a holiday-Friday news dump!

Reports the Washington Times:

The Obama administration is pushing back against critics who have accused the president of unleashing a “regulatory tsunami” against the business community.

In a long-delayed report from the White House Office of Management and Budget, released just before the long holiday weekend, a senior administration official, speaking “on background,” said the list of new regulations for 2013 is actually shorter than it was in 2011 and 2012.

“This 2012 agenda makes clear that there is no ‘regulatory tsunami’ coming from this administration,” the source said. “It actually includes slightly fewer economically significant active rulemakings from executive agencies than the previous two agendas.”

In his background comments on the report, the administration official pointed out that just because a proposed rule makes the report doesn’t mean the agency will go through with it. The rules must undergo “serious scrutiny” before that happens. In fact, in 2012, only 43 of the 132 economically significant rules that were in the last agenda have been finalized.

Yes, well, perhaps only 43 of the last agenda’s rules have been finalized, but the finalization average for Obama’s first two years was 63, and all of that “serious scrutiny” hasn’t stopped the Obama administration’s generally breakneck rulemaking pace.

The feds put some temporary brakes on their plans for the election, and now pages and pages of new rules for ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank — both of which are meant to fundamentally transform our healthcare and economic sectors — as well as controlling, intrusive new ideas from the Labor Department, the EPA, and others are all set to start taking their toll.


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Schadenfreude on December 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

If a tree falls in the forest and the progressive left says it did not, does that mean it did not fall?

Yes says the MSM.

It is not what they do but what they say that counts says the low information voter.

KW64 on December 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Les Misérables

Mr. Arrogant on December 27, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Well since we’re still finding out what in this stuff since it passed that claim seems a bit dated doesn’t it? OMB now stands for Obama’s Money Bomb.

DanMan on December 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Ok whatever, just leave me alone while I configure my new Barky Iphone.

Bishop on December 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

No, not a tsunami.

But, a multiple series of huge avalanches? Burying and destroying everything in their paths?

Yep.

But, not a tsunami.

That terminology is sooo 2004, i.e. something to blame on Bush; or 2011, blame it on the Japanese or something…and all of that is old news, history, insignificant when compared to the Glory that is Obama.

coldwarrior on December 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

OT but did Hillary fall or have a stroke?

tim c on December 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

WTF?

KOOLAID2 on December 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM

tim c on December 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Drunk.

Found out Huma dumped Weiner and has a new boyfriend…in Amman.

coldwarrior on December 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM

OT but did Hillary fall or have a stroke?

tim c on December 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Neither…but it got her off from testifying on the blood she and Obama have on their hands on Benghazi.

Schadenfreude on December 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

tim c on December 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Whichever will keep her off Capitol Hill the longest.

Night Owl on December 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Congress should have held Barky and his criminal administration in contempt long ago. But, we can say that about lots of things.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM

“OT but did Hillary fall or have a stroke?”

She was pushed and George W Bush did it, of course.

stormridercx4 on December 27, 2012 at 5:41 PM

OT but did Hillary fall or have a stroke?

tim c on December 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

It was a botox overload on one side of her face that destabilized her.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

“This 2012 agenda makes clear that there is no ‘regulatory tsunami’ coming from this administration…”

Rather, think of it in terms of being the economic equivalent of Godzilla stopping by Toyko to say “Howdy!”.

pilamaye on December 27, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Our congress has a habit of sitting back and watching the crashing of the Republic worrying about the next election.

mixplix on December 27, 2012 at 7:53 PM

“It actually includes slightly fewer economically significant active rulemakings from executive agencies than the previous two agendas.”

Weasel words.

sadatoni on December 28, 2012 at 7:49 AM

I think if you take their word that there is no conspiracy here, then what you have is employees that should be fired. They are obviously the most incompetent employees possible, in a country that has many many many good experienced workers, at home sitting idle. That is what happens when you have to take the next person on the list and can’t hire someone actually qualified.

In a country with an unemployment rate like this, no one should EVER have to keep a worker who is not worth their salt, and that is you and me, the taxpayer too.

President Obama uses federal hiring as a welfare program, it is time to demand accountability from the nations government workers.

Fleuries on December 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

This is from the same people that said that Syria’s Assad was a
progressive and peaceful leader.

acyl72 on December 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM