Why We Ask: Our mission and operations are funded 100% by conservatives like you. Please help us continue to extend Liberty to the next generation and support the 2021 Year-End Campaign today.

Andy Kerl Jr. / May 30, 2013

Which One Is Fatal?

Some one who dies a death by a thousand cuts is no less dead, than someone who dies suddenly. So to is it with a Nation. Clyde Wayne Crew in his 20th Anniversary Edition of “TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS,” an annual snapshot of the Federal regulatory State, provides not just a snapshot but a panoramic view of the effects of bureaucratic big government. He writes:

“To be sure, many other countries’ government outlays make up a greater share of their national output, compared with 40 percent for the U.S. government. However, in absolute terms, the U.S. government is the largest government on the planet – whether one’s metric is revenues, expenditures, deficits, or accumulated debt. Only seven other nations top $1 trillion in annual government revenues, and none but the United States collects over $2 trillion…. The scope of federal government spending and deficits is sobering. Yet the government's reach extends well beyond Washington's taxes, deficits, and borrowing. Federal environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations cost hundreds of billions, perhaps trillions, of dollars annually over and above the official federal outlays that dominate policy debate.”

So, what then is the real cost of this largest government on the planet? Mr. Crew’s data shows that the costs of the regulatory state to business is greater for the small business than the large or medium sized business. His data shows that  a business of greater than 500 employees has a regulatory cost per employee of $7,755, while that of a medium concern of 20 to 499 employees has a regulatory cost per employee of $7,454 per employee, but small businesses of less than 20 employees cost of regulations per employees is $10,585. Considering that it is these small business that provide most of the new jobs in today’s economy is it any wonder that unemployment is staying consistently at 7-8%? But since all business pass along their costs to their costumers, who is really hurt by the excessive regulation of a burgeoning government? Mr. Crew again illustrates the underlying cost of regulation when he writes:

“If one were to allocate annual regulatory costs assuming full pass-through of costs to consumers, each U.S. household ‘pays' $14,768 annually in a hidden regulatory tax, or 23.2 percent of average income. That figure is higher than every annual household budgetary expenditure item except housing. More is 'spent’ on embedded regulation than on health care, food, transportation, entertainment, apparel and services, and savings. Embedded regulatory costs can be said to have absorbed up to 29.7 percent of the typical household’s expenditure budget.”

These costs amount to an additional 29.7% tax on the income of all Americans. Almost 30% of the average Americans household budget is eaten up by government regulatory costs! The saddest aspect of this regulatory mess is that while they are the result of legislation, our representatives do not create these regulations. They are devised, interpreted, enforced and codified by bureaucratic functionaries. They are working feverishly as Mr Crew’s data shows:

“The page count for final general and permanent rules in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is more modest than that of the Federal Register, but the count is substantial nonetheless. Back in 1960, the CFR contained 22,877 pages. Since 1975, the total pages in the complete CFR have grown from 71,224 to 174,545 at year-end 2012, including the 1,142-page index. That figure is a 145 percent increase over the period.”

So, each of us must be cognizant of the fact that every wonderful sounding piece of legislation proposed to solve the myriad social problems often wrought by previous legislation comes at a cost. Today it is 29.7% of our household budgets. Who knows what it will be tomorrow. When you die by a thousand cuts does it matter which one was fatal?-

http://oneoldvet4thinf.blogspot.com/

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.