We can do better than this


Time to go home

Time to go home

Federal employees aren’t in the office 25% or the time, Congress is absent 50%. Let’s see if we can’t move that up to 100% for each.


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4 responses to “We can do better than this

  1. Mazama

    Being closed down 25% of the time is probably beneficial for the (ever shrinking) portion of the population outside “government class”.

  2. weakleyhollow

    Wait ’til we start adding a robust set of Moslem, Hindu, and immigrant secular holidays to the fed’s days off. It will be easier to get an appointment for brain surgery under Obamacare than to buy a postage stamp.

  3. AJ

    What, no labeling requirements for GMOs, but restaurants will have to come up with nutritional information for every dish, including blackboard specials, that they prepare?

    “A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Obama administration to scale back draft regulations under ObamaCare that would force restaurants to post nutritional information on their menus.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is close to finalizing a rule requiring calorie labels on vending machines and at restaurants and “similar retail food establishments.” Proposed in 2011, the regulations stem from the Affordable Care Act and are designed to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices.

    But the group of 24 lawmakers said the draft regulations, which apply to restaurants with 20 or more locations, go beyond Congress’ intent and would create painful new expenses for certain businesses, including delivery joints and eateries that specialize in made-to-order dishes …”


  4. AJ

    And in spite of their absence they were still able to add a new regulation at an average of every three hours. How do they do that? I would guess it’s pretty easy when you let lobbyists and the corporations to be affected by any new legislation be the ones to write all the new laws and then not bother reading them before voting (rubber stamping) on them.

    “Last week Mother Nature shut down Washington’s government offices for a day, but the extreme weather was no match for federal regulators.

    Over that time period, 1,516 new pages and 56 additional final regulations were published in the Federal Register, according to the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute.

    Broken down, that is the equivalent of a new regulation added about every three hours.

    We are only in the second month of 2014 and already the Federal Register has mushroomed to 9,079 pages. At this pace, the register will accumulate 73,218 pages by 2015. Shockingly, this would be the lowest total in five years.

    Not all regulations are created equal — some are far more costly than others. So far this year there have been six final rules deemed “economically significant,” meaning they will have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. At this point, these six regulations have an estimated monetary impact of somewhere in between $614 million and $885 million. This figure will only continue to grow throughout the remaining months of 2014.

    The 1996 Congressional Review Act (CRA) requires federal agencies to submit reports to Congress on economically significant rules.

    According to CRA data, the Obama Administration has a 29 percent higher average of yearly major rulemakings than Bush did after his two terms in office. Bush’s overall average was 63 and Obama’s currently sits at 81. …”