The nation continues to be a playground for government overreach. Behold the telling numbers, courtesy of Clyde Wayne Crews, vice president for policy for the ever-vigilant Competitive Enterprise Institute. While lawmakers struggle with cranky gridlock, federal agencies are only too happy to issue regulations at alarming rates.
In 2015 Congress passed 87 public laws — beginning with the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization on Jan. 12, and ending with the Surface Transportation Extension Act on Nov. 20.
“Federal agencies and bureaus, however, were far more busy than Congress: Agencies issued 3,408 rules and regulations in 2015, by my preliminary count. The National Archives will prepare a final tally within a couple months. In terms of just raw flow, that’s 39 rules and regulations for every law. I like to call that multiple ‘The Unconstitutionality Index,’” Mr. Crews observes. Find his research at CEI.org.
WHAT THE OTHER LADIES SAY ABOUT MEGYN
The life and times of Fox News prime-time host Megyn Kelly: that is the cover story for the newest Vanity Fair magazine, which features her posed in a svelte, off-the-shoulder black dress, with signature candid expression. Of note is how her rivals perceive her.
“‘Prominent female journalists from rival networks can’t help but praise her uncanny charm. She doesn’t talk down to her audience,’” says Campbell Brown, who hosted her own prime-time talk show on CNN an now leads a nonprofit show on education. “‘There is none of the sanctimonious, condescending attitude. And, frankly, none of the hate. I think people are sick of these prime-time chest thumpers characterizing the other side as evil,’” Jessica Yellin, a former chief White House correspondent for CNN, says. “‘She defies all the pigeonholing that usually happens to women on TV. She’s smart, strong, sexy, fierce, sympathetic all at once,’” the story noted.
“‘Veteran newswoman Katie Couric praises her dogged interviewing skills, crucial when interrogating dodging politicians. ‘She takes no prisoners and takes no BS,’ says Couric. ‘And I’ve noticed that she’s a really good listener.’”
MR. ERICKSON’S NEW GIG
RedState.com founder and radio host Erick Erickson has launched a new easy-to-read, easy-to-access website that he hopes will provide “a landing pad for conservative activists, giving them the tools to be happy warriors.”
The site goes live at 12:01 Tuesday morning here: TheResurgent.com.
HILLARY AND THE ALIENS
It was an unusual question. During a campaign stop late last week in New Hampshire, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was asked her opinion about UFOs, aliens and whether the U.S. government would ever acknowledge such unearthly craft.
“Yes, I’m going to get to the bottom of it,” the candidate reassured The Conway Daily Sun, a local paper, adding, “I think we may already have been visited. We don’t know for sure.” She also suggested that a future task force could investigate Area 51, the secretive military installation in Nevada.
It did not take long for the global media to seize upon the story, emphasizing additional input from former President Bill Clinton and former White House adviser John Podesta.
During a previous appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Mr. Clinton also chatted about alien encounters, telling his host, “It may be the only way to unite us in this incredibly divided world of ours. If they’re out there, we better think of how all the differences among people on Earth would seem small if we felt threatened by a space invader.”
In the meantime, Mr. Podesta publicly revealed his top 10 regrets about leaving the White House, emphasizing that his “biggest failure was once again not securing the disclosure of the UFO files.”
Yes, well, activists continue to urge the federal government to be transparent with official information, particularly registered lobbyist and researcher Stephen Bassett, founder of X-PPAC — the Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee. Their motto: “It’s no longer about lights in teh sky, it’s about lies on the ground.”
Mr. Bassett calls Mrs. Clinton’s comments a “breakthrough moment in political history,” predicting, “John Podesta is the key adviser and strategist behind the inside political disclosure process, Secretary Clinton will be the messenger, and Barack Obama will be the disclosure president.”
THEY SPEAK FOR LIFE
Two luminaries of note will appear at the annual March for Life, a mammoth pro-life event later this month on the National Mall that draws significant public interest but scanty coverage from the mainstream press.
Retired Baltimore Ravens center, Super Bowl champ and father of six Matt Birk will speak at both the rally and the organization’s 34th annual Rose Dinner. Also appearing: Sen. Joni Ernst, the staunchly pro-life Iowa Republican, combat veteran and mother of three who received 52 percent of the vote statewide and carried 75 of Iowa’s 99 counties and all four congressional districts.
“Sen. Ernst ran as a strong pro-life woman in a purple state and won. Her bold defense of the unborn is a reflection of the importance of the theme of this year’s March for Life — ‘Pro-Life and Pro-Woman Go Hand-in-Hand,’” observes Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund.
POLL DU JOUR
• 71 percent of Americans say 2015 was a “bad year” for the world; 87 percent of Republicans, 72 percent of independents and 58 percent of Democrats agree.
• 28 percent overall say 2015 was a “good year” for the world; 13 percent of Republicans, 27 percent of independents and 42 percent of Democrats agree.
• 63 percent overall say 2015 was a “good year” for their family; 56 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of independents and 69 percent of Democrats agree.
• 37 percent overall say 2015 was a “bad year” for their family; 44 percent of Republicans, 39 percent of independents and 31 percent of Democrats agree.
• 55 percent overall say “political discussion” has become more negative; 61 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 54 percent of Democrats agree.
Source: An Economist/YouGov poll of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted Dec. 18-21 and released Monday.
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