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The Riddle of How Agencies Can Make So Many Laws Easier Than Congress

Almost everyone is aware that we now live under a massive and enormously complex system of federal regulations that governs literally every aspect of our lives — from the way we get medical care or even the food we eat, from the design of our cars to where and how we can build anything, whether it be a pond or a new power plant. How did we get to this place?

Under the checks and balances built into the U.S. Constitution, it is supposed to take a great deal of effort to enact new laws. For a bill to become law, it has to pass the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the differences in the two bills must be reconciled by both chambers before being sent to the president for approval or veto. This is an enormously time-consuming process that requires knowledge of the subject matter; a willingness to persuade and be persuaded; and an ability to withstand criticism, falsehoods and attacks while collecting enough support to transform an idea into law.

Read the full article from Above the Fold.


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