We have a WINNER! There were many, many contenders.. all of them worthy of their regulatory “chops”.. but in the end.. only one regulatory roustabout could be deemed “Most Maddening”. Read all about it here!
On Medicare Reimbursement Regulation Overload:
“Never underestimate the brilliance of our federal bureaucracy.
“The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it must delay implementation of new reimbursement codes for Medicare. Those new regulations would have increased the total number of reimbursement codes from the current 18,000 to more than 140,000 separate codes. The delay will undoubtedly come as a relief for physicians who will have additional time to try to understand the bureaucratic complexity of rules that, for example, apply 36 different codes for treating a snake bite, depending on the type of snake, its geographical region, and whether the incident was accidental, intentional self-harm, assault, or undetermined. The new codes also thoroughly differentiate between nine different types of hang-gliding injuries, four different types of alligator attacks, and the important difference between injuries sustained by walking into a wall and those resulting from walking into a lamppost.
“And Democrats wonder why Americans still resist having the government control our health care?”
This is exactly the kind of Statist regulations and regulatory world that massive centralized government leads to- the world ruled by unelected, unaccountable bureacrats. This is the world that Obama and his ilk of elitists will use to crush America. We were warned. We ignored history, once again. We’ll have to learn the lesson again. This is how freedom
The cost of regulatory bureaucrats
Thanks to Seton Motley (BigGovernment.com) for the article.Sack 1 Regulatory Bureaucrat, Create 98 Private Sector Jobs
The domestic Right has for decades been calling for a reduction in the size, scope and sphere of influence of government.
All the while, we have endured an excruciating and – it had begun to seem – inexorable growth of the federal Leviathan.
And after decades of incremental government expansion, it has in the last four years exploded. Up 29% – from $2.7 trillion to $3.82 trillion.
An insane financial flurry – that gave rise to the Tea Party. And thanks to them, for the first time… ever, we are discussing cutting the budget.
Not reducing the rate of growth – actually cutting.
The Left has of course rushed to the defense of their titanic spending status quo – ever increasing expenditures until we all collectively collapse in a bankrupt heap.
Their primary pseudo-reasoning has been that reducing the government’s size does nothing to create jobs. That the desire to rein in this fiscal insanity is nothing more than ideological inanity. And that ONLY more government spending will generate gigs.
Seeking to reduce spending is called by them “Economic Know-Nothingism.”
Vice President Joe Biden notoriously asserted “we got to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt.”
Seeking to outdo the Vice President, Moody’s issued an asinine report that said Republican plans to cut a paltry $61 billion – from, again, a $3.82 trillion budget, with a $1.65 trillion deficit – would result in the loss of 700,000 jobs.
Let us quickly do some math here.
If cutting $61 billion loses us 700,000 jobs, than President Obama’s nearly $1 trillion 2009 “stimulus” should have created 11.5 million jobs.
I checked – that didn’t happen.
Of course cutting government spending creates private sector jobs.
Less money taken by and for the government leaves more in private sector hands, which is – and always has been – a fiscal force multiplier.
And the more we contract the bloated bureaucracy, the more room it creates for the private sector to grow.
A new study from the Phoenix Center proves all of this. And does so by identifying perhaps the biggest private sector killer of them all – the regulatory bureaucrat.
The regulatory bureaucrat exists only to be a bother to the private sector. Not every bothersome act is unwarranted – hardly anyone wants to eliminate every regulator. But their job description is basically “get in the way of the free market.”
There is but a finite amount of warranted bothersome-ness for regulators to do. Thusly, the more regulators there are, the more time they have to do… other things.
In other words, mess up the private sector to no good end.
And as we have pointed out, there are of late many new regulators ensconced in Washington.
Which, as the Phoenix Center report states, is an expensive expansion of busybodiness.
(E)ach million dollar increase in the regulatory budget costs the economy 420 private sector jobs.
Thankfully, the Center has the simple cure – cut back on the regulatory bureaucrats.
On average, eliminating the job of a single regulator grows the American economy by $6.2 million and 98 private sector jobs annually.
That last word is key. Eliminating one regulator creates 98 gigs – not just this year, but next year, and the year after that, and….
Talk about a force multiplier.
And by creating room for the private sector by contracting the government by one regulatory bureaucrat, we get $6.2 million in economic expansion that year and every year thereafter.
These positive numbers very quickly add up to some serious private sector job and economic growth.
O)ver a five-year window, even a small 5% reduction in the regulatory budget (about $2.8 billion) will result in $376 billion ($75 billion annually) in expanded GDP and expand employment by 6.2 million jobs (1.2 million annually).
Of course, every Obama Administration Commission, Agency and Department has – since November’s election – has busied themselves hiring many, many more of these bureaucratic busybodies. In many, many cases to enact and enforce regulations that were never passed by Congress.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) illegally shoved through Network Neutrality – first on wired and then wireless Internet. The World Wide Web is now 1/6th of our entire economy – imagine the number of bureaucrats it’s going to take to unlawfully regulate it to the degree the FCC has just decreed.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is illegally ramming through large swaths of Cap & Trade. Imagine the number of regulators to be hired to lord over every facet of our energy usage – oil, gasoline, natural gas, coal,….
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is looking to illegally enforce large swaths of Card Check. A whole new host of regulators will be required for all of that.
And we haven’t even yet mentioned ObamaCare – the 2,000+ page takeover of our entire private health care market – another 1/6th of our economy. Which creates at least forty new regulatory agencies – each packed to the rafters with new regulators.
We are being subjected to a dramatic expansion of government in nearly every direction, which continues to further crowd out the private sector.
And bigger government means more room for ever more private sector-killing regulators.
All of which explains our absolutely anemic 1.8% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in this year’s first quarter.
This avalanche of new regulators is doing just what the Phoenix Center report and all of us on the Right said it would – crushing the private sector.
These lessons must be learned.
Senator Doug Whitsett
R- Klamath Falls, District 28
Phone: 503-986-1728 900 Court St. NE, S-303, Salem, Oregon 97301
I believe that a direct correlation exists between Oregon’s oppressive regulatory environment and the sad fact that our state is a perennial national leader in unemployment, poverty, hunger, homelessness and despair.
Oregon per capita personal annual income ranking is 32nd in the nation and is the lowest since 1929. It now stands $3,501 below the national average of $39,626. The average Oregonian is taking home nearly $300 per month or 9% less than the average American.
Yet more troubling is the fact that the national growth in per capita income is increasing almost twice as fast as Oregon’s per capita income. This downward spiraling income is in large part due to Oregon’s shift away from a resource-based manufacturing economy where employees were able to make true family wage earnings to a more service-based economy with lower paying jobs.
Nearly 750,000 Oregonians now depend on food stamps. That means that nearly one in five Oregonians are using food stamps to feed their families. The number of people depending on that federal subsidy has increased 13% since December 2009.
Oregon’s workforce unemployment has been higher than 10% during most of the Great Recession that began in 2007. In fact, Oregon has a long history of leading the national average up in unemployment rates as well as following the national average down. Unfortunately, Oregon’s unemployment rates have been at, or very near the top of the national unemployment rates for more than a decade.
Well more than half of Oregon’s unemployed workers today have not been able to find work for more than six months. According to the Oregon Department of Employment, the U6 unemployment rate includes all eligible workers that do not have a job or that are employed less than full time for economic reasons. That U6 rate has exceeded 20% in Oregon for much of the recession period and currently exceeds 30% in many rural counties. Combined state and federal unemployment benefits have been extended to more than three years. While these benefits are a lifeline for thousands of unemployed Oregonians, they are not sustainable. The only solution to unemployment is job creation.
Oregon Administrative Rules are created by Oregon agencies in order to refine and enforce statutes created by the Legislature. The rules have virtually the same enforcement consequences as state laws. Those rules are constantly being created and altered by the state agencies
Oregon currently has 180 state agencies. Those agencies enforce more than 11,000 agency rules. More than 9,500 of those rules are edited by the agencies each year. I believe that our people and our business communities are being smothered by those agency rules that are constantly being created and altered.
About eight out of ten new jobs are created by small businesses. Those business owners have little hope of staying current with that changing body of rules and regulations. Jobs are not being created, or are being lost, because small and mid-sized businesses are simply unable to cope with the maze of constantly changing administrative rules.
This untenable situation is not likely to be resolved until our political leaders recognize that their ongoing actions are a major cause of the problem.
We must be able to strike a balance between the passion for preserving pristine environmental conditions and the ability to sustain family wage jobs. The long held belief that businesses relocate to Oregon to enjoy the environmental benefits simply has not materialized. We have very few more jobs today than we did ten years ago in spite of rapid population growth.
Moreover, our unique one-in-the-nation centralized land use planning scheme must be altered to better allow owners to use their property for profitable endeavors. A vast amount of capital is sequestered in real estate that cannot be used for its highest economic benefit solely because of the state’s land use regulations.
We must find common ground between appropriate consumer protection and the ability to sustain profitable businesses. More than half of Oregon’s 180 state agencies have some regulatory function. More than twenty agencies, boards and commissions exist for the sole purpose of regulating Oregon commerce. For instance, Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services has grown into a $400 million enterprise with more than 900 employees. The agency is funded almost entirely by fees and charges levied on the businesses that they regulate. The fees are burdensome to the business community. More important, the regulations have evolved into a crushing negative economic force.
We must establish limits on tort liability so that businesses can function without oppressive liability insurance costs. Moreover, we must create a fair liability environment where businesses are able to make business decisions that are not dictated by the fear of catastrophic tort losses.
Many good bills have been introduced in this Legislature that would address each of these important issues. To date virtually none have been enacted into law. We have spent a great deal of time debating a plethora of measures that address the specific concerns of well funded interest groups, many of which will result in job killing outcomes. We have spent virtually no time debating legislation dealing with job creation. With each passing legislative day it appears less likely that the leadership will allow bills that do address these important issues to be brought to the floor for a vote.
In my opinion, this legislature is well on its way to completing another legislative session without addressing the most important needs of Oregon citizens.
Please remember if we do not stand up for rural Oregon, no one will.
The Obama scheme.. bypass the people by administrative fiat.. regulatory extremism. This is Statism. This is how a despot imposes his will over the people.. until the people demand and end to the abuse.