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


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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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

Regulations hamper oil spill clean-up

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First regulations failed to prevent the oil spill, and now regulations are preventing the spill from being cleaned. That’s not unusual. Government regulations often make problems worse, as with the regulations described in the sample letter below.

Please send a letter to Congress asking them to stop impeding the oil spill clean up, and to do less in general so they can focus more on trying to do a few things right.

You can copy or borrow from my sample letter to Congress . . .

You politicians constantly tell us that your regulations are needed to protect the environment. But it looks like your regulations are actually harming the environment, by strangling efforts to clean the BP oil spill.

Read this story: The Obama administration forced Lousiana to stop using 16 barges that were sucking up oily water.

And then this story: A stupid set of laws, called the Jones Acts, have blocked foreign crews from helping to clean the oil spill.

I think you guys need to start regulating less, and doing less in general. BP is paying a huge price for its incompetence, and deservedly so, but you guys constantly get a free ride. You aren’t responsible for anything! More

Congress! Read the Bills!!


Please construct your own letter:  Petition letters no matter how many received are counted as “one”. 


Do you know what Congress does when it’s in session? to find out:

The video shows just a few of the silly and pointless resolutions Congress wastes time on, instead of doing what it’s supposed to do.

* Congress missed its April 15 deadline to pass a budget
* And has the audacity to tell us it doesn’t have time to read the bills!

Please tell Congress to re-arrange its priorities and pass the Read the Bills Act.

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

You say you don’t have time to read the bills. But it’s funny what Congress DOES have time for. This year, the House found time to . . . More

S.J. Res. 26. Passage of this resolution would overrule the EPA’s self-proclaimed power to regulate Greenhouse Gases.

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A note: To those of you wishing to take action on this or any other matter concerning contact of congress or agencies:   If you use a “form” letter, no matter how many they receive….they only count it as (1).  So ten thousand could send the same letter and 9,999 are discarded and not counted if they are deemed “identical”.   Always  write your own comments and send a fax (must be kept on record for 7 years) aside from joining in these efforts.  PPJ


The Senate will vote TODAY on resolution S.J. Res. 26. Passage of this resolution would overrule the EPA’s self-proclaimed power to regulate Greenhouse Gases.

You can find background on this issue in these Downsizer-Dispatches:

* http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/write-the-laws-act-does-the-clean-air-act-cover-greenhouse-gases
* http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/climate-change-amp-write-the-laws-act-do-you-want-bureaucrats-to-rewrite-laws

And you can read the one-paragraph resolution here.

Keep in mind that we’re not taking a position on climate science. We simply believe the EPA has no constitutional authority to regulate greenhouse gases without specific legislation from Congress. In addition, the EPA’s proposed regulations violate the intent of the Clean Air Act at the cost of harming the economy. Finally, as the letter below shows, CO2 emissions are already falling, without government involvement!

DownsizeDC.org proposed the Write the Laws Act to prevent this kind of bureaucratic mischief. More

Do you want the federal government to run your local government?


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Should the federal government force your local government to unionize its police and firefighting employees? If you oppose this proposed new federal mandate please tell Congress that using our “cut regulations” campaign.

You can copy of borrow from my sample letter . . .

Please do not entangle us in more top-down federal regulation. Specifically, oppose the attempt to attach Amendment 4174 to the latest appropriations bill (H.R. 4899), or to any other bill for that matter.

This amendment would force local governments to unionize their police and firefighting employees. This is a decision that MUST be made by local ELECTED governments, and NOT by the increasingly dictatorial federal government.

I would add to this that the unionization of supposed public servants appears to be a real problem. Government employees seem to be looting the taxpayers they are supposed to serve. For instance, according to the New York Times:  More

FDA pours salt in the Constitution’s wounds

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downsizer-dispatch@downsizedc.orgIt’s bad enough when Congress exercises unconstitutional powers. It’s even worse when unelected bureaucrats do it. The FDA has decided, all on its own, that it has the power to reduce the amount of salt in your diet.

Depending on your genetic predisposition and health history, this move could be life threatening to YOU.

The FDA wants you to forget that . . .

* the Constitution gives the federal government no jurisdiction over your nutritional choices
* every person is unique — many people might benefit from less sodium, while others could be harmed by it (see the sample letter below for examples)

DownsizeDC.org’s Write the Laws Act (WTLA) would prevent bureaucratic schemes like this. It would . . . More

Fake “food Safety” bill……and we still let these people call themselves senators and representatives?

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Will the dangerous “food safety” bill pass?

Probably. There’s too much bi-partisan support in Congress.

But thanks to the Downsize DC Army, and many others, Congress is feeling the heat. Senators are considering amendments to improve their version of the bill. These changes could help to protect  . . .

* Small farms
* Your access to locally grown food

Let’s encourage these changes! Please send a letter telling Congress to protect small farms and your access to locally grown food. 

You may borrow, modify, or copy this letter . . . More

This is the violence with which you have threatened me if I do not bow to your dictates

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If I somehow manage to resist either buying your mandated insurance policies, or paying the fines you would impose on me, then eventually policemen with guns will show up at my door to kidnap me and imprison me. If I resist then these agents will draw their guns, and point them at me. If I attempt to defend myself then they will shoot me.
Most DC Downsizers advocate non-violence. We oppose the initiation of force, and call for prudence even in the use of retaliatory force. We therefore . . .

* Condemn recent threats and acts of violence against Congressional offices because of the healthcare bill
* And urge Congress to likewise condemn and reject the threats and violence contained in the healthcare bill itself


You can borrow from or copy this sample letter . . . More

End the phony “War on Drugs”

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News item after news item underscores the futility of the War on Drugs. Yet Congress and the President want to continue the same failed policies, no matter how many innocent people are caught in the crossfire.

Please send a letter telling Congress to end the failed, unconstitutional War on Drugs.

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

In November, the American Medical Association urged Congress to reclassify marijuana as a “drug with possible medicinal benefit.”

I believe you should go further than that, and re-think the entire War on Drugs . . . More

Can you prove you’re not a terrorist?

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The REAL ID Act has punished innocent Americans with red tape, higher fees, and lost privacy. Some in Congress want to add to these burdens.Let’s stop them! Please tell Congress to repeal REAL ID and oppose any further attempts at creating a national ID card.

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

What is the purpose of REAL ID?

* to prevent terrorists from boarding planes, even though there are an infinite number of other ways to engage in terrorism
* to prevent illegal immigrants from getting driver’s licenses – which only increases the likelihood they will drive without ever being tested, creating more dangerous roads

Why should either (misguided) goal interfere with an American citizen’s attempt to renew a driver’s license?

REAL ID is working exactly as I thought it would. It punishes innocent Americans like me with red tape and higher fees by forcing us to “prove” we’re not terrorists or illegal immigrants. More

Tell Congress we want a real healthcare reform bill.

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Congressional Democrats are frantically negotiating the final version of the so-called healthcare “reform” bill. We think they should stop and start over.

Tell Congress we want a real healthcare reform bill.

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

I do not believe the healthcare bill is about reform. Reform would change direction in healthcare policy, whereas this healthcare bill continues on the failed path of increased government control. More

Downsize DC….Do you know who the “Primary Dealers” are?

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Quote of the Day:
George Kaufman, a finance professor at Loyola University Chicago, is skeptical. “The last refuge of a scoundrel regulator,” he says, “is to shout ‘systemic risk.'” Usually, the alarm is false. He notes that aside from inter-bank lending, the credit markets were functioning tolerably well at the height of the crisis. Rates on 30-year mortgages actually dropped last week.
— from
a column by Steve Chapman, September 25, 2008

Subject: Do you know who the “Primary Dealers” are?

There’s a lot of evidence that we’ve been scammed. Treasury Secretary Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke told us they needed to spend $700 billion of your money to buy supposedly toxic assets that were crippling major firms and for which there was no immediate market. This was a lie even when they said it, because . . .

Merrill Lynch was able to sell it’s most troubled assets back in July.

If Merrill could do it, other firms could do it too. They might not have liked the price they got, but it could have been done. The Big Bailout was purposely designed to give favored firms a better deal than they could have gotten in the market.

We’ve also been told, constantly, that credit markets are frozen. We’re still being told that today, constantly, around the clock, on the cable business channels. It wasn’t true before, and it isn’t true now. We could point you to many places for the evidence, but here’s one great graph from the blog Carpe Diem to give you the evidence in one pretty picture.

The hysteria mongers would tell you that even if consumer credit is okay (and you would have to hammer them with the evidence to get them to admit it), commercial credit is still in big trouble. But that isn’t true either. Here’s a good summary from the great scholar Robert Higgs, at the Independent Institute . . .

“Looking at the data for the first four business days of the past week, I find that firms sold from $179 billion to $205 billion of commercial paper per day; the number of separate issuances per day ranged from 6,761 to 7,298. Both the total amount borrowed and the number of issuances per day increased steadily throughout the week (data for Friday have not yet been reported).”

Higgs goes on to compare the current numbers with past periods and finds NO CREDIT FREEZE!

But what about the stock market? Doesn’t its fall tell us there’s a crisis? Perhaps, until you consider what’s causing stocks to fall.

The really big drops began when Paulson and Bernanke began peddling their fear to Congress. And since then, nearly every time some government official has opened his or her mouth, with some new claim or some new plan, the stock market has taken another nose dive. A good chunk of the decline appears to be driven by fear mongering. Want more evidence?

This is the season when firms report their earnings, and many companies are beating the estimates, but their stock prices are still falling. This is about fear, not fundamentals.

Who is responsible for this scam? Who are the con artists?

One big culprit in every supposed crisis is the media. They always blow everything out of proportion. Doing so is good for business. CNBC’s ratings are soaring.

Another culprit is the politicians, who gain power from hysteria. In the last supposed crisis (terrorism) it was the Republicans who primarily benefited. This time it will be the Democrats, who have a decade of pent-up desires to re-engineer American society. These dreams may now become reality in the wake of the current fear mongering. 

And last, but not least among the con artists, are a group of businesses with an official government relationship that earns them the designation of “Primary Dealers.” Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the Primary Dealers . . .

“A primary dealer is a bank or securities broker-dealer that may trade directly with the Federal Reserve System of the United States.[1] They are required to make bids or offers when the Fed conducts open market operations, provide information to the Fed’s open market trading desk, and to participate actively in U.S. Treasury securities auctions.[2] They consult with both the U.S. Treasury and the Fed about funding the budget deficit and implementing monetary policy. Many former employees of primary dealers work at the Treasury, because of their expertise in the government debt markets, though the Fed avoids a similar revolving door policy.[1][2] Between them, these dealers purchase the vast majority of the U.S. Treasury securities (T-bills, T-notes, and T-bonds) sold at auction, and resell them to the public.”

Who are the Primary Dealers? Look at this roster (which used to include Bear Stearns) . . .

* BNP Paribas Securities Corp.
* Bank of America Securities LLC
* Barclays Capital Inc.
* Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.
* Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
* Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
* Daiwa Securities America Inc.
* Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
* Dresdner Kleinwort Securities LLC.
* Goldman, Sachs & Co.
* HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.
* J. P. Morgan Securities Inc.
* Lehman Brothers Inc.
* Merrill Lynch Government Securities Inc.
* Mizuho Securities USA Inc.
* Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated
* UBS Securities LLC.

We should notice several things about this list . . .

* These are among the primary firms that collaborated with the government to create the housing bubble
* These are the primary firms that profit from the financing of the national debt and who are benefiting from the current explosion in the federal debt and the Federal Reserve’s massive inflation of the money supply
* These are probably the primary firms that will work with the Treasury Department to manage the auction of toxic assets
* These are also probably the primary firms that have toxic assets to sell (they will be both sellers and brokers in the Big Bailout)
* And most of these firms have been made “too big to fail” through their business dealings with the government

These Primary Dealers are the primary players in the Big Bailout con-game. And they are part of the crowd who are looting the country.

You can sit back and accept the Big Bailout and the on-going Big Interventions as an accomplished fact, or you can rage and protest to Congress. If we fall silent then the con-artists will be emboldened to do more and more. We must not fall silent. We must protest constantly.

We’ve created a new generic campaign to oppose all government bailouts. Please use this campaign to send Congress another message. Ask them to reconsider the Big Bailout. Ask them to roll-it-back. Use your personal comments to mention some of the facts described in this article. You can send your message using our Educate the Powerful System.

You can also compete with the power of Primary Dealers, the politicians, and the media, by taking steps to expand your own political influence. Please take these additional steps . . .

* Get a Digg account and go to our blog to Digg this message.
* Spread this message by forwarding it to friends and by posting it on your blog.
Make a contribution or start a monthly pledge so we can recruit more DC Downsizers. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

Thank you for being a part of the growing Downsize DC army.

Jim Babka & Perry Willis
President & Communications Director
DownsizeDC.org, Inc. 


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Quote of the Day:
“Congress seems to want to cure every ill known to man except unconstitutional government and high taxes.” – Charley Reese

Subject: Downsizers vs. Upsizers

The media tells us that the Presidential campaign is bitter and nasty. They tell us the partisanship in Congress is poisonous.

But the real poison is that Washington isn’t partisan enough. If it actually was partisan, our work at DownsizeDC.org would be a whole lot easier.

To illustrate, here are the roll call votes for eleven pieces of legislation that have defined the Bush Era of big, unlimited, unchecked government, the “Upsize DC Agenda:”

107th CONGRESS (2001-02)

* P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act

* No Child Left Behind

* creating the Dept. of Homeland Security

* Iraq War authorization

* Sarbanes-Oxley

* Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform (McCain-Feingold)

 108th CONGRESS (2003-04)

* Medicare Drug Benefit

109th CONGRESS (2005-06)

* P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act II

* Military Commissions Act

110th CONGRESS (2007-08)

* FISA Amendments Act

* Big Bailout

35 Democratic Senators have served throughout all four terms. Of the 35,

* Just one, Russ Feingold, voted against the Republican President as many as nine times
* Only four others voted against the President as many as six times: Akaka, Byrd, Leahy, Levin
* 21 – 60% – voted against the President three or fewer times, including Majority Leader Reid, Majority Whip Durbin, Vice Presidential nominee Biden, Presidential candidates Clinton and Dodd, John Kerry, and the iconic “liberal” Ted Kennedy.

Among others who did not serve all four terms,

* Former Majority Leader Tom Daschle voted against the President once in seven opportunities.
* As did presidential candidate John Edwards.
* Barack Obama voted against the President just once in four opportunities.

Does this look like an “opposition” party to you?

Had the Democrats been more “partisan” and rejected bills that went against their supposed liberal and progressive principles, they would have filibustered and defeated at least seven of the measures. No Iraq War. No Patriot Act. No Bailout. If they had their way, perhaps only Campaign Finance Reform, Sarbanes-Oxley, and No Child Left Behind would have passed.

But if Republicans held to their conservative principles of smaller government, they would have defied their President and defeated these bills as well.

Had either party behaved according to their supposed principles, they would in many ways do Downsize DC’s work for us. They would defeat the other’s attempt to “upsize” government power.

But because they are all DC Upsizers, they often work together in “bi-partsian” fashion to take away our liberty and waste our money.

And they are relentless, which means we must be even more relentless.

In one week, Sept 22-26, the Senate passed an astonishing 73 bills totaling 1,031 pages. The House went far beyond that, passing 113 bills and 1,744 pages. (The list of bills is featured in the blog version of this Dispatch, below my signature.)

Some of the bills seem to be technical, housekeeping measures. A large number, however, continue the work of Upsizing DC. No doubt, many terrible specifics in the bills will come to our attention after the fact, leading us to wish we could have done something to stop them sooner.

But we can’t stop every bad bill, one-by-one. There are too many. We must instead strike at the root.

The Read the Bills Act strikes at the root. The Read the Bills Act forces Congress to pay the price of Big Government. Under the RTBA, every bill must be read before a quorum in Congress. If Congress wants Big Government, Congress will have to stay in session more hours per day, more days of the year.

It’s only fair. If the people have to pay for the programs and obey the laws contained in a bill, the least their representatives can do is explain what was in the bill. They shouldn’t be excused by saying “I didn’t have time to read the bill but was pressured by the President and party leaders to support it.”

The Read the Bills Act forces them to either make the time to read the bills, or to pass fewer bills.

Congress won’t pass the RTBA, unless it faces growing, relentless, overwhelming pressure to pass it.

And so we ask you to:

* Tell Congress to pass the Read the Bills Act, stating your objection to the massive number of bills it passed in the last few weeks.
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