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Oh, good: Obama admin just sitting on a bunch of new regulations

posted at 7:31 pm on November 2, 2012 by

As if it isn’t enough that the Obama administration is severely outpacing his predecessors in terms of regulation-output, the NJ is out with a report detailing all of the new-and-exciting regulations the Obama administration is just waiting out the election to write. I don’t suppose this could have anything to do with why they’ve conspicuously failed to comply with the law by producing a regulatory outlook every six months, could it?

Federal agencies are sitting on a pile of major health, environmental, and financial regulations that lobbyists, congressional staffers, and former administration officials say are being held back to avoid providing ammunition to Mitt Romney and other Republican critics.

Despite looming legislative deadlines in the Affordable Care Act, court deadlines requiring environmental-protection rules, and a financial industry awaiting clarification on key reform details, the pace of regulatory release has slowed by almost half. The drop-off stands out not just compared to earlier years of Obama’s term but also compared to other years in which presidents are running for reelection, according to analyses from experts at George Mason and George Washington universities.

The administration has also failed to release a required regulatory outlook document, describing its regulatory agenda. Such documents are supposed to be published every six months; the most recent one was published in January, making this the longest lag between outlooks since the deadline schedule was created in 1994.

Yes, but it’s the “Republican obstructionism” preventing Obama from doing even more that is ostensibly the source of our crummy economy. Riiiiiiight.

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Lovely. Just lovely.

I don’t suppose that president Romney could author and issue a single E.O that eliminates and/or repeals all of the Resident’s regulations, could he?

TKindred on November 2, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Just when are intelligent dems (oxymoron) going to realize that oba-mao DOES NOT have the good of the country in mind. His goal is to eliminate American exceptionalism and make us into France and Greece. It’s just not FAIR that this country is exceptional…… How can people be so stupid? Just because he is half black? Is that it?

ultracon on November 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Despite looming legislative deadlines in the Affordable Care Act, court deadlines requiring environmental-protection rules, and a financial industry awaiting clarification on key reform details

Yep, we can’t help all those regs, someone else requires them!

Marcola on November 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I don’t suppose that president Romney could author and issue a single E.O that eliminates and/or repeals all of the Resident’s regulations, could he?
TKindred on November 2, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I wanna see the vid of Romney walking into some office of bureacrats (Dept of Unnecessary Redundancy) and announcing…

“Guys, you’re no longer needed.”

Marcola on November 2, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I wanna see the vid of Romney walking into some office of bureacrats (Dept of Unnecessary Redundancy) and announcing…

“Guys, you’re no longer needed.”

Marcola on November 2, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

TKindred on November 2, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Well lets hope O gets his pink slip tuesday and the bureaucrats get theirs…

Tilly on November 2, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Just when are intelligent dems (oxymoron) going to realize that oba-mao DOES NOT have the good of the country in mind. His goal is to eliminate American exceptionalism and make us into France and Greece. It’s just not FAIR that this country is exceptional…… How can people be so stupid? Just because he is half black? Is that it?

ultracon on November 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Funny you mention it–Obama is neither black nor white, but supporting him is necessarily either black or white. There are no appeals to caution.

He had to weasel his way in saying “Together We Can,” but now that they’ve got the seat at the head of the table, it’s “Forward.” Right over you if they have to. The “you’re either with us or against us” talk from Bush they hated so much was stolen out of their mouths. Except Bush wasn’t saying it to Americans.

gatsbysgirlontheside on November 2, 2012 at 8:52 PM

This is one of the more interesting stories I’ve seen in the last couple of days.

These actions to hide their agenda say a lot about the Obama administration.

jaime on November 2, 2012 at 9:57 PM

The second term never seems to go as well for those Presidents who have won re-election. I am not sure how this loser can get any worse if re-elected but I guess this is a start.

DaveDief on November 2, 2012 at 10:15 PM

This really should be bumped up to the main blog. This is the kind of stuff we need to know.

SailorMark on November 2, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I have an uneasy feeling that things will get very ugly in this country if Obama is re-elected. A collapsing economy and major civil unrest could be around the corner because people are not going to comply with the direction he is taking us. We have never had such a divisive figure lead this country and it is getting to a tipping point.

Purely anecdotal, but I had three meetings with customers this week and all three are planning for growth in 2013, with the caveat from each that Romney is elected. There is a sense that he will be elected. If he is not then their plans are to tighten down again and try to ride out the next 4 years but nobody wants to see that, especially after the last 4 years.

Ellis on November 2, 2012 at 11:03 PM

I really, really hate this man! 4 more days and this nightmare will be over!

texgal on November 2, 2012 at 11:09 PM

I thought the “problem” was not enough regulations? That the Republicans (and Bush, in particular) had eliminated so many regulations that the economy went sour and the antidote was to reinstate lots of regulations? If that’s what they really believe, why wait? (Rhetorical)

jdp629 on November 2, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Just when are intelligent dems (oxymoron) going to realize that oba-mao DOES NOT have the good of the country in mind. His goal is to eliminate American exceptionalism and make us into France and Greece. It’s just not FAIR that this country is exceptional…… How can people be so stupid? Just because he is half black? Is that it?

ultracon on November 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Lots of my leftie friends are anxious for us to be taken down a peg or six. I assume that is the same for a lot of dems.

Alana on November 3, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Wake up, America. We’re at the last exit ramp. After Tuesday, there’s no getting off this road. Obama will see to that.

petefrt on November 3, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Federal agencies are sitting on a pile of major health, environmental, and financial regulations that lobbyists, congressional staffers, and former administration officials say are being held back to avoid providing ammunition to Mitt Romney and other Republican critics information to voters.

FIFY.

Ten bucks says that when Obama loses the election (whether he agrees to leave office or not) he’ll do everything in his power to torpedo America’s economy.

logis on November 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM

The Communists depend on envy and the feeling of getting even. People with 6 figure incomes are envious of people with 6 figure plus $.50 , these are the Lightbringer’s constituency every bit as much as the sit on one’s a$$ set. These are people you work with who think “the rich ” aren’t paying their fair share while buying a $25,000 bass boat.

I can understand the poor and the not too bright falling for it. These people, not so much. What I do understand is that since 2009 , they squeal like the pigs they are when some new gift from their Teleprompter Jesus hit them hard. Just like pigs in the slaughterhouse, denial and shock.

gatorbait on November 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Lots of my leftie friends are anxious for us to be taken down a peg or six. I assume that is the same for a lot of dems.

Alana on November 3, 2012 at 12:32 AM

And I’m sure they don’t get the irony of the fact that they will be affected by these draconian new regulations in some manner, shape or form themselves, and will whine all the harder as they think “Hey! I share your Leftist beliefs! How come I’m not spared?”

Dummies.

PatriotGal2257 on November 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM