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REGULATIONS AND MORE REGULATIONS 9/29/13

Common sense dictates that the more complex a policy challenge, the simpler the rules and regulations should be. But Obama doesn’t see it this way. At every turn it has expanded and empowered the regulatory state. It has created a bloated bureaucracy that isn’t getting the job done. Dodd-Frank, ACA. The 2319 page Dodd-Frank Act calls for more than 400 new rules across 20 different agencies, creating duplication, contradiction and confusion. It was intended to end “too big to fail” is too complex to implement. The goal: eliminating all risk from the financial system. Three years after passage, amid missed deadlines and only 40% of the rules completed, the president convened regulations and urged them to speed things up. The 2400 page HC law created 159 new agencies, panels, commission’s regulatory bodies and mandates. The law has proven to be largely unworkable and an adm. Nightmare. But the answer is not to eliminate risk; it’s to manage it with clear sensible regulations. The US chamber release it Fix Add Replace (FAR) agenda to achieve those goals. We need to control heath care costs. But the way to do t is through market-based solutions that are driven by the private sector—without government overreach.

THEN WE HAVE DO IT FOR THE PRESIDENCY:
On 2007 campaign Obama regularly blasted Bush over its supposed “imperial presidency” pretensions and argued that a “president does not have power under the constitution to unilaterally authorize A MILITARY ATTACK IN A SITUATION THAT DOES NOT INVOLVE STOPPING AN ACTUAL OR IMMINENT THREAT TO THE NATION”. But his won record shows a president ignoring laws when he finds them inconvenient; using adm. Procedures to bypass congress to create expansive new statutory regimes and flouting the constitution regarding recess appointments. Obama turned the language of the War Powers Act on its head during the 2011 Libyan intervention by arguing that the 6 months of aerial and cruise missile strikes did not constitute actual “hostilities” and hence did not require any action by congress. His decision to go to congress as a cynical ploy, reluctant to take any action at all, is hoping an even more reluctant congress will actually vote against a resolution to use force. A failure to win congressional authorization when combined with existing scandals, the mess of Obamacare, and the country’s general economic malaise—is likely to cement even further his lame duck status and leave the US with a president whose credibility with allies and enemies alike is at rock bottom. National security, the draft resolution was a mishmash of tactics and strategy and needed improving. Congress must insist that any military campaign not be feckless, and that it be property funded so as not to further hollow out an already sequestered to death military.
None of this requires boots on the ground, the feasibility of an effective Syrian campaign reflects not an actual lack of American capacity but rather self-inflicted doubts form pulling the plug on our efforts in Iraq and AFG prematurely.

Sources: weekly standard, tom Donohue chamber of commerce, gary schmitt

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