When is a Regulation Not a Regulation?

By Ray Pinard | July 23, 2013

An interesting article by Marc Freedman

Much ink (or the digital equivalent) has been spilled criticizing the Obama administration’s aggressive and expansive regulatory agenda.  And as burdensome and ill-conceived as many of these regulations are, at least they are being developed through the normal regulatory process of notice and comment with supporting analyses and data.

Far more pernicious is when the administration pushes out substantive changes in regulations or policy without the benefit of rulemakings.  Over the last few years the Obama Department of Labor has not just been pushing the envelope of what can be done through non-regulatory actions, they have blown the envelope up.

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Originally published July 2013. Reprinted by permission, freeenterprise.com, July 2013.
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