Wednesday, December 28, 2016
OBAMA’S MIDNIGHT REGULATION EXPRESS
The Self-Infatuation which motivates America’s most treacherous president
The article below was originally published in the Wall Street Journal. But the Journal requires an interested party pay or subscribe for the privilege of reading the whole thing. Thanks to the Instapundit site, author Kimberly Strassel is able to reveal the nature of America’s most corrupt president with no charge to readers.
God knows the extent of the damage Barack Hussein intends to inflict upon the United States and the American people during his final weeks in office. But the hyper-arrogant left will undoubtedly take delight in his every abomination.
By Kimberly A. Strassel:
Perhaps nothing has more underlined the Obama arrogance than his final flurry of midnight regulations. With each new proposed rule or executive order, Mr. Obama is spitefully mocking the nation that just told him “enough.”
The technical definition of a midnight regulation is one issued between Election Day and the inauguration of a new president. The practice is bipartisan. George W. Bush, despite having promised not to do so, pushed through a fair number of rules in his final months. But Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were more aggressive, and Mr. Obama is making them look like pikers.
Mr. Obama has devoted his last year to ramming through controversial and far-reaching rules. Whether it was born of a desire to lay groundwork for a Clinton presidency, or as a guard against a Trump White House, the motive makes no difference. According to a Politico story of nearly a year ago, the administration had some 4,000 regulations in the works for Mr. Obama’s last year. They included smaller rules on workplace hazards, gun sellers, nutrition labels and energy efficiency, as well as giant regulations (costing billions) on retirement advice and overtime pay.
Since the election Mr. Obama has broken with all precedent by issuing rules that would be astonishing at any moment and are downright obnoxious at this point. This past week we learned of several sweeping new rules from the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, including regs on methane on public lands (cost: $2.4 billion); a new anti-coal rule related to streams ($1.2 billion) and renewable fuel standards ($1.5 billion).
The fundamental transformation will continue until January 20.