Not only is this administration and this Congress a group of irresponsible spenders, but they are also extensive regulators:
The Bush administration, philosophically wedded to the idea of smaller government, issued a record-high number of pages of new federal regulations last year, according to a study to be released today by the Cato Institute.
The libertarian think tank found that the Federal Register boasted 75,606 pages of federal regulations in 2002, up from a high of 74,528 pages in 2000, when President Bill Clinton was still in office. The surge is part of a decade-long rise in this crude index of federal regulatory activity, with the number of pages in the Federal Register increasing by 24 percent between 1993 and 2002.
“It is apparent that, in terms of page counts, regulation and agency activity are expanding,” wrote Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., the Cato scholar who wrote “Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State.” “This is in spite of the takeover of Congress by presumably more deregulatory Republicans in 1995.”
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