When the Regulators Take Control

By March 30, 2009Regulations

From a Washington Post story by Juliet Eilperin, “Winds of Change Evident in U.S. Environmental Policy“:

Businesses facing new regulation, however, often call it a case of unelected government employees running amok.

“It’s safe to say [that] within the regulatory bureaucracy, there’s a built-in inclination to draft regulations, because that’s what they do,” said Hank Cox, a spokesman for the National Association of Manufacturers. “With some of these bureaucrats and activist groups, there’s an obliviousness to the costs of these regulations. We’re more comfortable with having people high up in government taking a fairly tough line on new rules.”

After years of behind-the-scenes disputes with their superiors who favored regulatory restraint, many longtime federal workers are now what Cox calls “more in sync” with the new political hires running their agencies.

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