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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Red Tape Lives

In The Los Angeles Times, Doyle McManus praises a "little-recognized push by the Obama administration to streamline federal regulations."  He cites several examples of changes that made rules simpler and more user-friendly, and credits Cass Sunstein who was in charge of regulatory policy.

The conservative American Action Forum has a different take:
On paper, or at least in the editorial pages, 2012 was supposed to be a year of deregulation. President Obama’s regulatory Czar, Cass Sunstein, wrote that the government would work “to eliminate unjustified regulatory costs and to reduce burdens.” In one respect, Administrator Sunstein was correct; in 2012 the government published $2.5 billion in regulatory rescissions. However, those cost savings were easily dwarfed by more than $236 billion in new burdens. This caps a $518 billion regulatory expansion during the last four years, more than the combined Gross Domestic Product of Portugal and Norway.
Ten Thousand Commandments, an annual report on regulation from the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute, provides additional data from The Federal Register, where the federal government publishes its rules: