Regulations are the Fourth Branch of Government

Too often, American businesses are targeted by bureaucrats and regulators. Webs of red tape ensnare corporations and small mom-and-pop shops alike, and companies are faced with the tough choice of whether to continue running their businesses. The nameless, faceless government agencies that dole out staggering amounts of rules have morphed into a fourth branch of government; one that is not elected by nor representative of the American people. Ahead of this year’s Thanksgiving, President Obama announced 2,224 federal regulations, which according to the American Action Forum, totals the number of 2015 regulations to 72,989 pages. Government regulations stifle innovation and increase the cost of doing business, and it is time to roll back the federal regulatory agencies that have little oversight and wield too much power over America’s innovators.

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Nelson, Lisa B. (2015, December 13). Regulations are the Fourth Branch of Government. The Ripon Forum. Retrieved from