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Blind Man’s Bluff: Obama’s Regulatory Maze

Written by Gary North on May 7, 2012

President Obama recently an executive order. An executive order is a federal law that Congress never discusses. It is pure Executive action. There are over 13,500 of them. No one knows what is in all of them. They are written in bureaucratic code.

No President knows what he is signing, not even when he is a lawyer. He is handed a piece of paper from inside the bowels of the permanent regulatory bureaucracy, and he signs it.

Consider the latest order. It regulates international trade. It sets up a series of committees. These committees represent various federal bureaucracies. As to who these people are, the executive order does not say. As t where they will meet, or when, it does not say. As to which agencies will be dominant, it does not say.

Out of this hodge-podge will come regulations, enforceable by various bureaucrats.

The voters know nothing of this system. No President has enough time to monitor any of this. The system just cruises along. The senior bureaucrats get $100,000+ a year for skimming over reports from lower-level bureaucrats regarding these meetings.

This is how the federal government runs — not by Congress, and not by any President.

Most of these people are protected from dismissal by the Civil Service law.

To get a taste of what the President signed, here is the first section of the executive order. You will not understand it. No one is expected to understand it who is not a full-time employees of the bureaucracies involved, and only a handful of them will understand it.

Out of this will come rules and regulations that will make or break businesses.

What is really revealing is that this executive order is posted on the White House webpage. When Obama leaves office, this page will be taken down.

There is no executive order number listed anywhere on the page. So, it will become very difficult for anyone to trace it in the future.

This is how the system works. It is designed to work this way.

Coordination of International Regulatory Cooperation. (a) The Regulatory Working Group (Working Group) established by Executive Order 12866 of September 30, 1993 (Regulatory Planning and Review), which was reaffirmed by Executive Order 13563, shall, as appropriate:

(i) serve as a forum to discuss, coordinate, and develop a common understanding among agencies of U.S. Government positions and priorities with respect to:

(A) international regulatory cooperation activities that are reasonably anticipated to lead to significant regulatory actions;

(B) efforts across the Federal Government to support significant, cross-cutting international regulatory cooperation activities, such as the work of regulatory cooperation councils; and

(C) the promotion of good regulatory practices internationally, as well as the promotion of U.S. regulatory approaches, as appropriate; and

(ii) examine, among other things:

(A) appropriate strategies for engaging in the development of regulatory approaches through international regulatory cooperation, particularly in emerging technology areas, when consistent with section 1 of this order;

(B) best practices for international regulatory cooperation with respect to regulatory development, and, where appropriate, information exchange and other regulatory tools; and

(C) factors that agencies should take into account when determining whether and how to consider other regulatory approaches under section 3(d) of this order.

(b) As Chair of the Working Group, the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) shall convene the Working Group as necessary to discuss international regulatory cooperation issues as described above, and the Working Group shall include a representative from the Office of the United States Trade Representative and, as appropriate, representatives from other agencies and offices.

(c) The activities of the Working Group, consistent with law, shall not duplicate the efforts of existing interagency bodies and coordination mechanisms. The Working Group shall consult with existing interagency bodies when appropriate.

(d) To inform its discussions, and pursuant to section 4 of Executive Order 12866, the Working Group may commission analytical reports and studies by OIRA, the Administrative Conference of the United States, or any other relevant agency, and the Administrator of OIRA may solicit input, from time to time, from representatives of business, nongovernmental organizations, and the public.

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10 thoughts on “Blind Man’s Bluff: Obama’s Regulatory Maze

  1. This kind of abuse of the Executive Branch was inevitable, as was the corruption in the other two branches. Why? Because the framers formed a government of, by, and for the people rather than a government of, by, and for Yahweh the God of the Bible, based upon the capricious laws of man rather than then immutable and perfect law of Yahweh (Psalm 19:7-11).

    Furthermore, there is no appeal to the State Constitutions, which weren't any better. Although the original State Constitutions required Christian test oaths for civil leadership (unlike the federal Constitution, see Article 6), humanism, later expressed as “We the People” in the Preamble of the federal Constitution, was well entrenched. For example, Section 5 of Massachusetts’ State Constitution reads, “All power residing originally in the people, and being derived from them….” This not only stands in stark contrast to Matthew 28:18, etc., it is humanistic blasphemy. Section VIII goes on to declare that officials are “at all times accountable to” the people, rather than to Yahweh. This type of language is common to all thirteen State Constitutions. This religious dualism came, at least in part, from William Blackstone’s extremely popular "Commentaries on the Laws of England":

    "Sovereignty and legislature are indeed convertible terms; one cannot subsist without the other. …[this] natural, inherent right … belongs to the sovereignty of the state…." (William Blackstone, "Commentaries on the Laws of England," 4 vols. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press [1775] 1979) vol. 1, pp. 46-47.)

    Blackstone was correct in that sovereignty and legislature are intertwined. However, because Yahweh is the only lawgiver or legislator (Isaiah 33:22, James 4:12), He is the only true sovereign. Any entity that endeavors to make law contrary to or not in harmony with Yahweh’s usurps His sovereignty. Had the framers established the United States government under Yahweh's sovereignty and thus His law and Americans had stayed true to thatcovenant, the abuse so rampant in today's government would be non-existent. Consequently, the only answer to save America from the precipice upon which she totters is NOT a return to the original intent of the framers (that's the reason were in the mess we are), but instead of return to Yahweh's morality as codified in His commandments, statutes, and judgments.

    Find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to Yahweh's moral law (His commandments, statutes, and judgments). Take our Constitution Survey at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/constitutionsurvey… and receive a free copy of the "Primer" (an 85 page book, normally $7 plus shipping) of "Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective."

  2. Restless0217 says:

    Are there any books written about this at a level that an everyday citizen could understand? How can anything be done about it if the people do not know about it or understand it?

  3. Victor Barney says:

    I'd say America WAKE-UP, but it only is IMPOSSIBLE! Women & blacks make-up like 70% of our population and both are "gatherer's," or people who LIVE to be GIVEN THINGS BY OTHERS TO F-E-E-E-L GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES! Do you readers out there KNOW that ONLY ONE INDIVIDUAL that did NOT already live and be described in the Hebrew inspired Scriptures is called the "FORBIDDEN FOREIGNER"(NON-ISRAELITE(i.e. Anglo-Saxon) over Israel and who also is the "Anti-Christ"(Marxist) over u.s. of Revelation, chapter 11. That exactly why MOST of the FIRST-BORN(CAIN) WILL NOT MAKE IT into the FIRST SALVATION OF MAN! No? Think about the VOTING-BLOCK for the SELF-PROFESSED MARXIST(ANTI-CHRIST) OVER U.S.? Just saying…September 16, 2012 is the Annual Israelite Feast of Trumpets(war); watch for the two-witnessses of Revelation to be revealed because Yahshua DOES NOTHING BEFORE INFORMING HIS PROPHETS! AGAIN, WATCH!

  4. Who writes your material? Don’t you have anything new? This old stuff is really, really boring.

  5. Dr. Barbara says:

    Is there no one, no entity, no power to take this criminal down and evict him from OUR House? When is Congress going to grow a backbone and get off their collective butts and throw this imposter out? The guy is making rules as he goes. This is what my little grandkids do when playing with each other. They think of a fun game and then make up the rules as they play. I might mention that they are pre-schoolers…….see any similarities?

  6. DEFEATOBAMAIN2012 says:

    the united nations are writing the laws and obama is signing them without read

  7. Iftruthbeknown says:

    You said, "….as codified in His commandments, statutes, and judgments." I take it then, that you are not a big fan of Jesus Christ and the New Testament? Jesus did away with commandments, statutes and judgments by fulfilling all of them. The only commandment still standing is : "Love your neighbor in the same way that you love yourself". That, alone, is the totality of all previous laws, commandments, statutes and judgments. I like Jesus. I think He's awesome, actually. Can't say I think very highly of most christians nor of the way "The Church" has conducted itself over the centuries, but I don't hold Jesus liable for the interpretations and twists that His followers have put to His Words. If Jesus says He will return to judge the earth, then He will return. If He says there will be a time of hard tribulation, we'd better believe it. He'll be back and He will surprise us all right out of our socks when He does. Not even His prophets will know ahead of time.

  8. Iftruthbeknown says:

    Calm down, you're giving yourself a rash from all that friction. 🙂 Jesus' prophets don't know when He will return. And He will not tell any of them first. They only know that He will return….someday. The Signs say we may already have entered into The Great Tribulation, but the signs are also kept muddied up enough so not everyone will see it right off the bat. Those that want to see, will be able to figure it out. Those that don't want to know about it will be allowed to remain happily in the dark. Your forbidden foreigner (non-Israelite) you said will be Anglo-Saxon. I believe you said he is also the anti-christ of th U.S. Well, if so, then that leaves out Obama. He's not Anglo-Saxon. You have some interesting ideas, but your yelling makes it hard to read your post.

  9. If the truth be known, I love Jesus, and because I love Jesus, I believe Him when He said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-19)

    If you would like to see more about what the New Testament has to say about the applicability of Yahweh's law under the New Covenant, see "Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant" at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/law-kingdom.php.