We all complain about the incessant (and growing) number of regulations being piled on us by the various departments and agencies of the federal government. All true enough, but have you ever wondered why?
The reason is that Congress has abrogated it’s responsibility. Instead of writing specific laws, they write shells, that allow nameless bureaucrats to write the actual regulations that complete the “intent” of the law. Recent examples, rather famously, include both Obamacare and Dodd-Frank. Both of these have the potential to essentially rule our lives. Both of which completely abrogated responsibility to future regulatory authority, which, to this day, has not yet even been authorized, let alone implemented.
But this situation is not new. It began in 1913, when Congress abrogated the responsibility in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution regarding the management of money, by creating the Federal Reserve, thereby washing their hands of the detail work. It has only grown since then. With every new agency or department created by Congress, they have created something that allows each of them to duck even more responsibility. And, at the same time, creates another straw man for them to blame.
For a picture of where we are in the current situation, please read the Heritage article, here.