- The Washington Times - Friday, January 28, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Regulation in lieu of legislation is a political ploy. The same people who condemn it when they’re in the minority embrace it when they’re in the majority. Thus, we have Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson foisting new rules and regulations on America that could not pass congressional muster. This new red tape creates a regime that will prove exceptionally expensive and inconvenient to the citizens for whom Ms. Jackson works, all in furtherance of a dubious global-warming theory.

Nor is she alone, for Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is busy issuing waivers to onerous provisions of Obamacare that overwhelmingly favor allies of the Obama administration, such as unions and AARP. At the same time, she is regulating insurance companies, a task heretofore reserved by the states but one she assumes is authorized in the emanations and penumbras issuing from the fabulously dense Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The arrogance of these bureaucrats when ruling by regulatory decree is surpassed only by their anger when their political opponents assume the mantle of governance and behave in the same objectionable manner.

PAUL BLOUSTEIN

Cincinnati, Ohio

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