The U.S. government is strangling Americans by turning a growing number of activities into crimes punishable with fines and imprisonment.
There are some 300,000 criminal offenses listed in the 80,000-page Code of Federal Regulations. No one knows for sure how many federal laws there are these days that can trip up–and imprison–the unwary citizen. In the early 1980s the Department of Justice came up with an estimate of 3,000 crimes. Today experts believe that number is over 5,000.
Here are a couple of examples nobody knew about or would have reason to know about.
It is now a federal crime to walk a dog on federal lands with a leash that’s longer than 6 feet. Instead of a fine (putting aside why there’s a need for such a prohibition in the first place), violators can be sentenced to up to six months in prison. An 11-year-old girl in Virginia, who saved a woodpecker from a cat, was hit with a fine for ‘transporting’ a protected species.
Businesses can no longer know if they are in violation of rules and regulations either.
The Obama Administration has let it be known that the White House and the regulatory agencies will be issuing a blizzard of new rules and decrees in the waning months of his miserable regime. These will affect overtime, unionization, the environment and finance, among other areas, thereby hobbling enterprise even more.
Obama’s bureaucrats last year published a record-setting 82,000 pages of rules in the Federal Register. The right-leaning American Action Forum estimated those regulations cost $197 billion and added 127 million hours of paperwork for private industry.
Government has no boundaries. Lawlessness has reigned in the issuance of many of these decrees, but Obama and his fellow Marxist/Progressives remains unbowed, despite occasional setbacks in the courts. Even your IRAs aren’t safe, as Washington starts floating the idea that these accounts should be required to hold a certain amount of government bonds. Here is another instance of Marxist/Progressivism: Government control of what you can do with your money is as good as its owning it.
In a country founded on the principles of rule of law, limited government, divided government, and the people being the sovereign, we find that he who is sovereign commits a felony three times a day, violates rules and regulations all the time in his business, and is told how his personal property can be invested. It sounds like the sovereign is really the slave.