Pattern: Obama admin again releases regulatory agenda right before a holiday

posted at 5:01 pm on November 27, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Twice a year, every year, the White House is legally required to release a unified regulatory agenda to indicate for the public record precisely what it is the many arms of our now sprawling bureaucracy are planning to impose upon the American people. The agenda is just a compilation of all of the rules and regs that various departments and agencies are working on, typically released every April and October, but for some inexplicable reason, The Most Transparent Administration, Evah has had an inordinately difficult time complying with these longstanding static time frames.

During last year’s presidential election, they practically skipped out on the practice altogether; after completely nixing a Spring 2012 agenda, evidently because they simply felt like it, they only released their Fall 2012 agenda — not merely sometime soon after the presidential election — but they actually waited until the Friday before Christmas as everyone was getting out of town. Their Spring 2013 unified agenda was released way past the usual time and only the day before the Fourth of July, and this fall’s agenda they just released… last night. As in, the day before Thanksgiving, when Congress is leaving for recess and nobody is paying much attention to the news.

Avoiding the presidential election completely, and now avoiding the Congressional regulatory scrutiny that they can ill afford along with all of the ObamaCare criticisms coming in from all sides? It’s almost like they have some stuff going on they’d just rather not talk about, no? Via the Daily Caller:

On Tuesday, the White House released its regulatory agenda for the fall of 2013. It lists hundreds of pending energy and environmental regulations being crafting by executive branch agencies, including 134 regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency alone. …

Seventy-six of the EPA’s pending regulations originate from the agency’s air and radiation office, including carbon-dioxide-emission limits on power plants.

Carbon-dioxide limits are a key part of President Barack Obama’s climate agenda. The EPA is set to set emissions limits that would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they use carbon capture and sequestration technology. Next year, the agency will move to limit emissions from existing power plants — which could put more older coal plants out of commission.

And completely shutting down existing coal plants next year, while perhaps one of the most noticeable, is only one of the many super-exciting, hyper-progressive regulatory plans the Obama administration has in the works. Obama can complain all day long about the many ways in which Republicans are spitefully thwarting his economic agenda at every turn as the underlying reason behind our practically nonexistent economic recovery, but in reality, it’s precisely the many economically soul-crushing regulations Obama has implemented on his own that are contributing so heavily to our current state of virtual stagnation.


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Can’t wait to see what they’ll do to us Christmas Eve.

JellyToast on November 27, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Does he ever do anything on the up and up? He’s the shadiest president I can recall.

scalleywag on November 27, 2013 at 5:06 PM

God help me, I hate these people with the white hot hate of a thousand suns.

squint on November 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Clean air is not a bad thing. We could do worse by screwing up the health care system with Obamacare.

rickyricardo on November 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Icemakers…

huh?

workingclass artist on November 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Just to remind their cronies to give thanks and send the check.

kcewa on November 27, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Since the folks at the EPA hate carbon-dioxide some much, why don’t they hold their collective breaths?

Oh, and the obligatory most transparent admin, evah.

antipc on November 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Looks like another WH propaganda photo, too.

scalleywag on November 27, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Why do these guys hate Thanksgiving?

First there was the talking points from the Obamacare cult.
Then the gun control place mats from Bloomberg.

Now this:

the Democrat’s guide to talking politics with your republican uncle

Including:
Economy: 7.8 million reasons why your Republican uncle is wrong
Health Care: Market-based, constitutional, and definitely not socialist
Climate: 97% of scientists vs. your Republican uncle
Immigration: No amnesty, just facts

kcewa on November 27, 2013 at 5:18 PM

They’re so proud of their crap.

yhxqqsn on November 27, 2013 at 5:18 PM

NOw to protest in 5, 4, 3, …:

6h
14 young Muslim Brotherhood women protestors, including minors, sentenced to 11 years in prison for protest in Alexandria – @sharifkouddous

davidk on November 27, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Anyone know where I can get drawings of this coal sequestration gadgetry? I will construct some fake ones to stick on top of the stacks.

Win!

Rixon on November 27, 2013 at 5:32 PM

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#Breakingnews Emmit Smith comes out of retirement slated for a return to action during the week 14 match up of the Cowboys vs Bears.

davidk on November 27, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Colorado Kings ‏@TheKingsABA 1m

#Breakingnews Unconfirmed reports has gridiron legend Jim Brown to return to the Browns just in time for the week 15 matchup vs The Bears.

(I smell hoaxes.)

davidk on November 27, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I am ‘soul-crushed’ by all the bollox this admin dishes out every darn day, I wanna stop it.

Not just the EPA but the whole lot of them, just quit breathing and polluting MY airspace…

The words I want to say haven’t been invented, yet…

We are all getting mired down in their collective bullcrap!

Enough Already…

Le Sigh

Scrumpy on November 27, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Scrumpy on November 27, 2013 at 5:54 PM

(Ain’t touching it. LOL.)
:-)

pambi on November 27, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Remember back when Gingrinch pulled out the Contract With America and we had the first 100 days of killing Clinton’s handiwork.

I want a Black Friday in January 2015 where all of Obama’s agenda is eliminated and passed with simple majorities in both houses. Let him squawk for two years when nothing he wants to do has funding. Including the jet. Presidential salary just got zeroed out with a proclamation that anyone with $50,000k in assets while president gets nada, expires January 20th, 2017.

This little man needs to be made to feel a lot of pain and humiliation for the rest of his miserable days.

DanMan on November 27, 2013 at 6:02 PM

God help me, I hate these people with the white hot hate of a thousand suns.

squint on November 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Couldn’t have said it any better.

Free Indeed on November 27, 2013 at 6:06 PM

What you always have to understand, about a lawless administration, is how much they try to hide. Of course there will be people who are looking for this and will read it. There are many others who will allow this to slip under the radar. They know, when they chose a date like this, a lot gets lost in the shuffle. That’s what lawless administrations do and this one is the worst of the worst. Obama could teach Nixon things about how to subvert the law and avoid media questions, although to be fair, Nixon couldn’t have gotten away with what Obama has.

bflat879 on November 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

in reality, it’s precisely the many economically soul-crushing regulations Obama has implemented on his own that are contributing so heavily to our current state of virtual stagnation.

Virtual? What, like on X-Box the economy is stagnant?

Akzed on November 27, 2013 at 6:20 PM

… For the same reasons a cat covers their mess.

SteveInRTP on November 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM

God help me, I hate these people with the white hot hate of a thousand suns.

squint on November 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Me, too.

PatriotGal2257 on November 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Seventy-six of the EPA’s pending regulations originate from the agency’s air and radiation office, including carbon-dioxide-emission limits on power plants.

Carbon-dioxide limits are a key part of President Barack Obama’s climate agenda. The EPA is set to set emissions limits that would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they use carbon capture and sequestration technology. Next year, the agency will move to limit emissions from existing power plants — which could put more older coal plants out of commission.

If your Christmas winter-solstice-holiday lights go out this year, you can thank the Obama administration for preventing global warming, and making it even colder out there.

Hey Santa, can I have some coal in my stocking? Pretty please?

Steve Z on November 27, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Time to defund the EPA. They can’t impose regulations when they don’t have any money.

TulsAmerican on November 27, 2013 at 7:48 PM

FYI, The Bush Administration and even the Clinton Administration always released the semiannual regulatory agenda on time. This is a rather big deal to anyone doing business in a highly regulated industry. There is an actual statute that requires the publication of the semiannual agenda, precisely because agencies in that past have dumped large and costly regulations on industries before with no warning.

The Fall Agenda is especially important because it gives regulated entities the opportunity to plan for the following year and have some idea what their compliance and legal costs are likely to be. It is now way past the time that most companies have set their budgets for next year. So now when they see a bunch of new regulations coming that they had not planned for, they have to eliminate workers or make other expense cuts to manage the new regulatory costs. When I was a lobbyist, I spent a great deal of time analyzing the Fall Agenda and advising clients on what they could anticipate spending in the following year. It would have been a disaster to have not had this agenda until Thanksgiving.

Whether devious or just sloppy, this is bad government management by Obama.

rockmom on November 27, 2013 at 9:12 PM

The Most Transparent Administration, Evah

They’re transparent, all right. Transparently cynical. Transparently devious. Transparently conspiratorial. Transparently contemptuous of the law and the American people.

Athanasius on November 27, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Memo to T. Cruz: Stop worrying about defunding Zerocare, go for defunding the epa. They are doing just as much damage. We’ll all be sitting in the cold darkness next winter.

Kissmygrits on November 28, 2013 at 8:47 AM

We’ll all be sitting in the cold darkness next winter.

Kissmygrits on November 28, 2013 at 8:47 AM

I see a great future for whale poaching and trading the oil on the black market.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

President Nixon had the character to resign (before possible impeachment). President Obama has zero character. He will never leave public housing as long as food stamps still exist will get free medical care (not Obama Care – because he exempts himself) for the rest of his low life.

We the citizens of the U.S. must take away his pens so he can no longer write Executive Orders or sign bill/resolutions at will.

MSGTAS on November 28, 2013 at 11:47 AM

The Obama Administration’s rule by regulatory agenda reminds me of a textbook in a history course I took on Nazi Germany. Title of book: They Thought They Were Free. It concerned the average German and what he/she thought was happening in their country and the reactions to it. Fascinating book, especially in light of today’s United States. Perhaps the title of a book regarding this time in the country would be: First, They Took Away the Incandescent Light Bulb.

polarglen on November 28, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Benghazi is the model of the Obama communications strategy. It is all about “cooling out the mark”. News about crimes and abuses dribbles out tardily, incompletely and in a mist of uncertainty, so that what’s outrageous doesn’t spark outrage till the media can start saying this is “old news” that there’s no need to cover, and it’s time to “move on”.

David Blue on November 28, 2013 at 9:42 PM

If the majority of the media weren’t in bed with this sorry bunch, they wouldn’t be getting away with this sh*t without as much as a “fare thee well” in the news.

hillbillyjim on November 29, 2013 at 9:08 PM