Federal agencies are rushing out new regulations, showing that many Federal workers need to be laid off.
At federal agencies across Washington, regulators are rushing to finalize rules before President Barack Obama leaves the White House.
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“We’re running — not walking — through the finish line of President Obama’s presidency,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said to agency staff in a post-election e-mail.
But will it do any good? As you see from the video below, Congress can overturn the last sixty days of Federal agency regulations. Those are not sequential calendar days but the days that Congress is in session. Their power would apply to everything from May onward.
The Bloomberg story cites the sixty-day limit as if it explains the rush, never acknowledging that the rule means it is too late:
One reason for the speed: The later a regulation is released by an outgoing administration, the easier it can be killed by the next one. Republican lawmakers are on track to adjourn early to take advantage of a measure intended to guard against so-called midnight rule-making that permits them to void regulations put in place in the last 60 days of the legislative session.
This story seems to be a case study in denial. The real reason this is happening now is panic. As is mentioned in the video above, the people working in these Federal agencies did not expect Donald Trump to win. They thought they had all the time in the world because President Clinton would continue the Obama agenda. At least, they would expect her to veto any attempt by Congress to rescind their regulations. They should have been working with a May deadline if they hoped to preserve them.
What is happening now is driven by fear and habit.
What’s the hurry? Blame the human tendency toward procrastination — as well as a clamor to get new rules in place in hopes they will endure long after President-elect Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20. From corner offices to cubicles, the agency leaders and staff who have been toiling on rules sometimes for years are eager to get them across the finish line, said Susan Dudley, director of the Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University.
The first part of this paragraph repeats the same nonsense that ignores the lateness of the rush. But the second part gets to the truth: regulators are going to regulate. Rather than give up and acknowledge their work is going to fail, they are doubling down.
And this shows us an important point: Donald Trump has his work cut out for him if he is going to drain the swamp. These hordes of Federal workers in the various agencies are all fully committed to Big Government and its attendant corruption. There is a reason why Maryland and Virginia were on Hillary’s side. Both contain huge populations of tax feeders who justify their existence by expanding their power.