Victims of Government
The Cost of Excess Government
The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy estimates that it costs Americans $1.75 trillion to comply with federal regulations each year. To put $1.75 trillion into perspective, that amount is larger than all but eight economies in the world. It also means that over 10% of the U.S. economy is spent on trying to satisfy rules issued by Washington bureaucrats. That doesn't even include federal, state, and local taxes.
This heavy regulatory burden diverts resources from innovation to compliance, discourages business investment, and chills job creation. It is no accident that as Washington adds new regulations, more and more Americans are unemployed and underemployed.
From 2003 to 2010, agencies did not publish Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) for approximately 35% of rules with a cost of $100 million or more. This number has nearly doubled since 1998. NPRMs alert the public that the agency is considering a regulation, gives the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed regulation, and allows the agency to use public input to revise the regulation. GAO found that when agencies consider public input while drafting legislation, the regulations are often improved and cost less.
Elected leaders need to carefully consider the costs and negative unintended consequences of unnecessary federal regulations. They need to remember that real people must comply with these regulations and that making them overly burdensome stifles American growth. This blog features just some of the victims of government.
May 29 2013
The recent revelations that the IRS has been profiling those opposed to Washington policies and then targeting them for additional scrutiny should serve as a frightening wake up call for every American. Constitutional rights are not limited just to those Americans the government prefers. We cannot have a federal government, with all its enormous power, pursue people and organizations with differing political or policy opinions from those in control. That kind of activity corrupts the very foundation of American freedom and unfortunately, is becoming more common place as Washington increases its power over the law abiding people it is supposed to be serving.
Catherine Engelbrecht has been waiting for nearly 3 years to receive 501(c)(4) approval from the IRS. During this time the IRS has asked her to submit nearly 300 responses and documents. Her group has been contacted by the FBI six times. Her personal and business tax returns have been audited. Her business has experienced multiple surprise visits from OSHA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Undoubtedly one of the most shocking aspects of this issue is that Catherine is not an isolated case. Dozens of other applicants have all suffered the same harassment. You can raise awareness and encourage oversight by sharing Catherine’s story.
You can also share your own experiences with the federal bureaucracy here.