I submitted the following letter to the Wall Street Journal in response to Jeb Bush's opinion piece. I don't know whether they will print it, but I wanted to share this viewpoint with you.
Jeb Bush's "How I'll Slash the Regulation Tax" does a good job of outlining the damage over-regulation does in our economy. While I applaud his proposal to repeal many of these rules, it does not address the fundamental problem. Rather than doing a better job regulating the regulators, perhaps their legislative authority should be repealed. Let's face it, these "rules" are laws. While Mr. Bush focuses on regulations originating in the Obama administration, it didn't start with him and won't end when he is gone unless legislative authority is shifted back to where it belongs: Congress.
Creating and funding the multitude of alphabet agencies in Washington, D.C., has birthed a shadow government not accountable to the people. I am not a constitutional scholar, but the way I understand the intent of the three branches of government is that Congress is the legislative body. Not the Executive. Not the Judiciary. And certainly not an army of unelected bureaucrats and regulators.
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Executive authority has its place; however, it appears to me that the creation of all of these agencies has destroyed the original intent of the function of the three branches and usurped the power of the people. Abdicating power to the Executive and these agencies seems to suit Congress just fine. They conveniently can and do place the blame elsewhere. Never having to debate or vote on the "rules" (laws) made by these agencies protects their re-electability. If an unpopular rule (law) is set forth, they take political cover and claim they can't do anything about it. Operating in this manner completely undermines the entire basis of our form of government.
Our world has certainly become much more complicated since the implementation of our Constitution, and in-depth examination of the consequences of our actions (i.e. pollution) is important. The need for some of these agencies to fulfill that role may be justified. But I suggest their authority be limited to researching and advising, not legislating. Congress reclaiming and executing their duties returns power to the people and holds our elected officials accountable. As it is now, they may as well go home.