The Average American Family Pays More Money in Regulations Than in Taxes
Miller admitted that some regulations make sense, like having standards for minimal pollution in drinking water, but the current regulatory climate has gone way too far. "They affect probably everything you eat, they affect the car that you're allowed to drive, they affect all of the appliances that are in your homes, from refrigerators, to your dishwasher, to your clothes washer and dryer."
Like DeSantis, Miller noted that some of these affects are actually costs, and some of them are filtered down to you as a consumer. For instance, federal regulations limit the amount of water and energy your dishwasher can use — "God forbid your dishes be too clean!" — but they also increase the cost of that appliance by 13 percent. Cars are also $3,000 more expensive due to fuel economy standards, she added.
"Anything you do, good or bad, gets a little easier the more you do it," said Justin Sykes, federal affairs manager for Americans for Tax Reform. This same principle goes for adding more regulations.
Sykes recalled recalled the failure of energy legislation known as "Cap and Trade" in 2009, but added, "the president is a crafty gentleman," so he was not willing to let the American people stop his energy plans. The regulation of the Clean Power Plan has not even been enacted, but coal plants across the country are already closing.
One of the most egregious examples of overreaching regulation is the EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS. Under this regulation, Sykes explained, "essentially every farmer, business, energy producer, contractor, in every state, will be forced to submit to a permit before they can do work on their own private property — private property, mind you!"
The leviathan of the regulatory state not only costs American families more than direct taxes, but it also micromanages nearly every aspect of their lives. It effectively abrogates private property when it comes to water usage, kills jobs, and forbids trivial things like ownership of a 4-inch turtle. At what point will the American people finally say "enough is enough"?
If and when they do, congressmen like Ron DeSantis will be ready to lead. When he championed the REINS Act (a bill which returns regulatory power to Congress, where it belongs according to the Constitution), the crowd burst into loud applause. These activists, at least, heard the message loud and clear, and are ready for a change. How about you?