Obamacare: one picture is worth 20,000 pages of regulations

Posted by: Phineas on March 12, 2013 at 2:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

And this is just the start.

And this is just the start.

Via Steven Hayward, this photo shows the stack of regulations released so far for Obamacare – a stack seven feet high:


In his post, Hayward writes:

…the effectual truth of modern American government is that Congress no longer enacts laws in the meaningful sense of the word.  Instead, they pass wish lists, and delegate the actual lawmaking to unelected administrators.

Simple test: if Congress passes a statute–even one that is 1,600 pages long like Obamacare, but the law can’t go into effect as written, it is not really a law at all.  The simple proof is the photo here that Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office has released, showing the 20,000-plus pages of regulations issued so far for the implementation of Obamacare.  ”Regulation” is just a multi-syllabic word for “law,” after all.  The point is, administrators–the slightly nicer term for “bureaucrats”–now govern us much more than our elected lawmakers do.  One almost wonders why we have elections at all.  (Actually, many bureaucrats actually do wonder this.)

(Emphasis added)

That bolded portion is the key. Since the advent of the administrative state under the progressives, beginning under TR and Wilson, but really taking off under FDR, only occasionally slowing since, and now in a full-throated roar under Obama, Congress has ceded more and more of its lawmaking power to bureaucrats, chasing the progressive dream of an administrative state free of messy democratic politics and that obsolete Constitution. And this is only the start, not only of regulations under Obamacare, but the avalanche soon to come via Dodd-Frank, too.

Of course, while Congress gives away their duties to unelected mandarins, they continue to enjoy nice salaries and tremendous perks.

Nice work, if you can get it.

(h/t Jonah Goldberg)

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “Obamacare: one picture is worth 20,000 pages of regulations”


  1. Carlos says:

    Nice work indeed, Phineas. But this is simply a natural extension of buying votes with targeted legislation. The end effect of such legislation is that the drones hired to increase the size and scope of government have to have something to do, and what better than to have them make de facto laws punishing those who had created the victim class within which the guvmint drone is based? And, given enough time, the drones can destroy the society which they hate so much and justify it so succinctly by pointing out that the payback for whatever “discrimination” it was is a real b1tch.

    Hence, we have such a shining example as Mr. My People Holder, who wouldn’t recognize discrimination if it slapped him upside the head with a 2 x 4. (But he does perceive discrimination with any action by anyone who disagrees with him ideologically.)

  2. redgypsy says:

    Well, what do we expect–it’s an OBSOLETE constitution. After all, it only has 4,543 words in it (including the signatures!!), whereas the Obamacare Law has 1600 PAGES. Obviously much better. sarc/ 8-|

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    If the government were modeled after a successful football team it could operate more efficiently. A winning team has clearly defined objectives conforming to the available talent. It then sets about with a base offense and defense and an effective kicking game; it does a few things well instead of many things poorly and it sticks to the plan. They may not win all the time but will win more than the mediocre teams.

  4. Lorica says:

    but the law can’t go into effect as written, it is not really a law at all.

    Amen Brother!! I have thought this for sometime.

    Ohhh Drew, the government has clearly defined goals…. re-election!!! Let’s pay off the dumbed down electorate and see how often everyone gets re-elected. – Lorica