DownsizeDC.org
January 19, 2011
Tell Congress to De-fund Agencies That Dare to Legislate
By James Wilson

Quote of the Day: "It is the invariable habit of bureaucracies, at all times and everywhere, to assume...that every citizen is a criminal. Their one apparent purpose, pursued with a relentless and furious diligence, is to convert the assumption into a fact. They hunt endlessly for proofs, and, when proofs are lacking, for mere suspicions. The moment they become aware of a definite citizen, John Doe, seeking what is his right under the law, they begin searching feverishly for an excuse for withholding it from him." --H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic

Many who favor small government think partisan gridlock is good for liberty. If the Republican House majority and the Senate Democratic majority can't see eye to eye, fewer bills will pass. That's true, and good, but it overlooks one problem . . .

When the President can't get his way in Congress, he'll govern without it. He'll issue Executive Orders and the unelected bureaucrats in the regulatory agencies will implement new policies without Congressional approval.

That's one reason DownsizeDC.org created the Write the Laws Act (WTLA). Only Congress should be able to impose new rules.

But Congress doesn't have to pass WTLA in order to restrain the President and the bureaucracy.

Congress should threaten to de-fund any agency that imposes new regulatory rulings against its will. The agency will have to either reverse these rulings, or go out of business.

The President will complain. The agency will complain. But Congress holds all the purse strings. If the bureaucrats continue their war on liberty and prosperity, Congress should declare war on the bureaucracy.

Encourage Congress to adopt this strategy. You can do so by sending a letter using Downsize DC's Reduce Regulations campaign. 

You can use all or part of the following letter . . .

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, regulations cost the economy over $1.1 trillion per year. http://cei.org/studies-issue-analysis/ten-thousand-commandments-2010

And they are often imposed by unelected bureaucrats in defiance of Congressional will. That happened last month when the FCC created fraudulently-named "Net Neutrality" regulations. The President will surely veto any bill that repeals the FCC's actions.

But Congress STILL has all the leverage. All you need to do is threaten to withdraw all funding for the FCC from next year's budget. Unless the FCC abandons its Net Neutrality regulations, it will go out of business.

The House and Senate should also withdraw all funding of the EPA unless it withdraws its new greenhouse gas regulations.

Whenever an alphabet agency imposes a business-killing, jobs-destroying, innovation-stifling regulation without Congress's approval, you should propose cutting off all funding for that agency.

Tell the bureaucrats that you're the boss. Do not allow them to make regulations without your assent.

END LETTER

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James Wilson
Assistant Communications Director
DownsizeDC.org

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