American presidents are required by law to announce plans for new regulations twice a year. Since he first took office, Obama has gotten around this by announcing his regulations just before major holidays, when few people are paying attention.
For Thanksgiving this year, Obama is doing this once again.
According to Daily Signal, here’s when Obama released his new plans in previous years:
Fall 2012 – December 21 (Friday before Christmas)
Spring 2013 – July 3 (day before Independence Day)
Fall 2013 – November 27 (day before Thanksgiving)
Spring 2014 – May 23 (Friday before Memorial Day weekend)
Fall 2014 – December 22 (three days before Christmas)
Spring 2015 – May 21 (Thursday before Memorial Day weekend)
Fall 2015 – November 23 (one week before Thanksgiving)
This week, just before Thanksgiving, Obama released his fall 2015 regulatory agenda, and it’s easy to see why he tried to keep this hidden. Over 2,000 regulations are currently being written, and 144 of these have been classified as “economically significant,” meaning they would each cost Americans $100 million or more.
This last figure is a new record for Obama, beating his previous one of 136, which he set in the spring. These new regulations include a wide range of orders including labeling requirements for pet food, new test procedures for battery chargers, mandated paid sick leave for contractors, and automatic speed limiters for trucks.
There are also a dozen rules that aim to limit energy use of everything from furnaces and dishwashers to dehumidifiers.
No wonder Obama didn’t want us to see this!
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