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Regulatory hide & seek: End the game playing

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Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Apparently concerned about public fallout from overreaching regulations, the Obama administration “systematically” delayed rules covering everything from ObamaCare to the environment before the 2012 presidential election, according to The Washington Post and an independent report.

Yes, prior administrations have done the same thing. But in the fine art of covering up a politically damaging agenda, from federal control of water bodies to pollution “standards” for industrial boilers, Team Obama surpassed its predecessors, The Post reports.

Moreover, the Administrative Conference of the United States, an advisory agency to the federal government, reports that internal reviews of proposed regs “took longer in 2011 and 2012 because of concerns about the agencies issuing costly or controversial rules prior to the November election.”

What's revealed is organized obfuscation by the Obama administration, obviously aware that its regulatory agenda was politically problematic.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action, says he's going to “hold feet to the fire.” Does anyone seriously expect so much as a tongue lashing before the 2014 congressional elections?

No, the public has endured enough of the Obama administration's version of three-card monte. The only way to curb the game-playing is to eliminate President Obama's rubber-stamping Democrat Senate majority in next year's elections.

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