Regulatory Purgatory
The Cumulative Cost of Regulations – 26 April 2016, Study by the Mercatus Center on the impact of fedeeral regulations. The impact of regulation on economic growth has been widely studied, but most research has focused on a narrow set of regulations, industries, or both. These studies typically rely on regulatory indexes that measure subsets of all regulation, on country–to–country comparisons, on short time spans, or on surveys in which experts report how regulated they believe their country or industry is. In order to better understand the cumulative cost of regulation, a comprehensive look at all regulations across many industries over a long period of time is imperative.
The Real Cost of Regulation – 16 May 2015, America's economy is being buried by a flood of red tape and government spending.
Red Tape Rising: Six Years of Escalating Regulation Under Obama – 11 May 2015, The number and cost of government regulations continued to climb in 2014, intensifying Washington's control over the economy and Americans' lives. The addition of 27 new major rules pushed the tally for the Obama Administration's first six years to 184, with scores of other rules in the pipeline. The cost of just these 184 rules is estimated by regulators to be nearly $80 billion annually, although the actual cost of this massive expansion of the administrative state is obscured by the large number of rules for which costs have not been fully quantified. Absent substantial reform, economic growth and individual freedom will continue to suffer. This ninth installment in the ongoing series of "Red Tape Rising" reports measuring trends in rulemaking activity details the enormous regulatory costs under the Obama Administration.
Visualizing the Growth of Federal Regulation Since 1950 – 2 September 2014, Senior Research Fellow Patrick McLaughlin demonstrates the growth of federal regulation in the United States since 1950 by stacking books from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
New Report Reveals $1.863 Trillion Cost of Federal Regulations – 1 May 2014, The regulatory burden is often overlooked because "costs are difficult to quantify because, unlike taxes, they are budgeted and often indirect," said Crews. In 2013, the report states that federal regulations drained $1.863 trillion from the American economy. On the global scale, that $1.863 trillion price tag would peg U.S. regulatory costs as the world's tenth ranked economy, more than the entire GDP of Canada ($1.82 trillion) and India ($1.84 trillion).
Barriers to entry: Factors preventing startups from entering a market – 6 December 2013, Barriers to entry are factors that prevent a startup from entering a particular market. As a whole, they comprise one of the five forces that determine the intensity of competition in an industry (the others are industry rivalry, the bargaining power of buyers, the bargaining power of suppliers and the threat of substitutes).
Do Federal Regulations Violate the Constitution? – 15 April 2013, The constitutional authority of the federal government does not extend down to the individual citizens of this country nor does it extend down to the individual businesses located here. Only the State governments have the constitutional authority to regulate the lives of those living inside their borders and the companies doing business there.
From Administrative State to Constitutional Government – 14 December 2012, The administrative state is an assault on constitutional principles–government by consent, the separation of powers, and the rights of individuals–that liberals and conservatives hold dear. The key to reform is that it be grounded in a proper understanding of these principles, not in the hope of immediate short–term gain or narrow self–interest. If we begin from constitutional principles and can communicate those principles and their relevance to the public in a clear manner, the reforms envisioned in this report are not too far from our grasp. It is high time that Americans work together to forge an alternative to the administrative state so that we preserve our constitutional principles for future generations.
The Cost Of Government Regulation – 6 July 2011, "You, there: stop complaining and start hiring!" That is essentially the Obama administration's message to businesses. This is an administration that seems to believe that $1 million spent on pollution control will create more than 1.5 net jobs. Who comes up with such numbers?

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