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Federal regulations: Law-making by unelected bureaucrats

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Note: Please compose your own letter!  Multiple letters, emails, faxes mirroring thousands of others are counted as only (1). 

Quote of the Day: “From where I sit, the government’s message is unmistakable: Creating a new job carries a punishing price.” — Michael P. Fleischer, President, Bogen Communications Inc., as reported in the Wall Street Journal

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In this message . . . an explanation for the “jobless recovery,” and a cure for the problem.

Unemployment is still officially at 9.6%.

As the letter below indicates, we believe a large part of the reason for this is that federal regulations are constantly changing. Business owners don’t know what their unelected regulatory overlords will do next. This creates uncertainty about the future costs and benefits of hiring a new employee. We think this is why . . .

* Businesses aren’t hiring
* Congress should pass DownsizeDC.org’s Write the Laws Act (WTLA).

Please send your elected representatives a letter, telling them to introduce WTLA.

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

The Write the Laws Act would require Congressional approval for all regulations. This is a needed reform, because the unelected bureaucrats who today write and implement regulations are causing high unemployment by creating uncertainty.

You can begin to see how this is happening by comparing this recession with the one in 2000-2001. As James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation notes, the 2008-2009 recession led to a peak unemployment rate of 10.1%, whereas the 2000-2001 recession led to an unemployment high of just 6.3%. 

But here’s the most startling fact: Even though total unemployment was lower in the earlier recession, jobs losses were actually 2.6 million HIGHER than in the current downturn! The reason for this is very instructive . . .

The earlier recession had both more job losses and a lower unemployment rate, because more businesses back then were doing new hiring at the same time that they were cutting other jobs. By comparison, during this recession, businesses have stopped hiring, so all we have are the job losses, resulting in a “jobless recovery.”

This is happening because business owners don’t know what the government will do next. The exact same thing happened during the Great Depression. Back then GDP rose, but unemployment remained high because the New Deal’s laws and regulations were constantly changing. This made hiring risky. The economist Robert Higgs calls this problem “regime uncertainty.” More

Turning cops into robbers

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The “civil asset forfeiture” laws are inherently corrupt. They empower law enforcement officers to take and keep your property, even if they haven’t charged you with a crime.

It gets worse.

It’s your property that’s actually charged with a crime, and your property is considered guilty until proven innocent. This makes it virtually impossible for you to regain your possessions once they’re seized.

But it gets even worse . . .

This scheme of legalized theft actually fosters additional corruption, as demonstrated in the sample letter below. Please use the new evidence we provide to send Congress another letter arguing that . . .

Civil asset forfeiture laws should be made illegal. More

Congress is dysfunctional and a drain on the country

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In February we told you that the federal government’s fiscal year begins October 1, giving Congress eight full months to write, read, and pass the bills needed to fund government departments.

It’s almost September, and not ONE appropriations bill has passed. It’s probable that NONE will pass on time. And it’s a certainty that no member of Congress will read any of them.

This is just the latest evidence that Congress is broken. Fundamental change is needed. More

FED votes to spend $10billion buying government debt

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Sadly, the Fed has taken a step that will make things even worse. The Fed board voted on Tuesday to spend $10 billion buying government debt.

Just to be clear, it does NOT appear that the Fed is creating new funny money for this purpose. Rather, it has received some income on some of the “toxic” assets it purchased, and is using that money to buy government debt. Even so, this sends a bad message on several fronts. The Fed is . . .

* Signaling that it will not begin re-absorbing its funny money any time soon
* Trying to make it cheaper for the Federal government to borrow money, thereby encouraging more borrowing
* One small step away from doing something very bad — creating new funny money to buy government debt More

HR 1586:One Subject At A Time Act (OSTA) would put an end to this nonsense

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NOTE:  Compose your own letter!  Remember that identical letters are discarded or treated as only (1) no matter how many come in. Also: multiple letters coming from the same fax or email addy, are also discarded or treated as (1):  just one of several ways congress uses to disregard voters.  …Marti_____________________________

“To make matters worse, the original, House-passed bill, which the Senate amended under the direction of the Senate Majority Leader, was originally the “FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act.” You know spending bills are constitutionally required to originate in the House of Representatives, yet this cheating is rewarded by the Speaker of the House. “

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Both partys opposed to having to actually “read the bills” before voting

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A watered-down version of the Read the Bills Act, the so-called “72 hour” rule, would require all final bills to be posted on-line for 72 hours before coming to a vote. It now has 218 sponsors – a majority of the House!

It is DownsizeDC.org’s position that a) we are largely responsible for this rule and how far it’s come, and b) it’s not going to do much — we really need the 24-carat Read the Bills Act. Still, we support it because it was a nearly inevitable stage of progress that our opponents would try to assuage us with a watered-down, milquetoast version first. So we must pass it, even while we remind everyone that it’s not enough.

And so we ask you to please tell the House to pass the 72 Hour Rule. More

The Disclose Act coming to the House floor!

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*Note: Remember to send your own letter!  Petitions and multiple copied mailings (form letters) are counted as only (1) by the receiving agency or congressman.

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Remember, the Disclose Act will harm your ability to fire and replace your elected representatives. The bill will come to the House floor as early as TOMORROW – Thursday, June 24. Please send Congress a letter opposing this terrible violation of the First Amendment: More

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