Mike Lee and the REINS Act

MikeLeeThumbby Anniel6/11/15
This proposed Act, or something very near it, has been around from the days of FDR, but has never been passed. Very briefly from Lee’s Our Lost Constitution book, the proposed

. . .REINS Act stands for “Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act,” the REINS Act would treat all new “major rules” – that is, those federal regulations that would impose a “significant economic impact” of $100 million or more – essentially as legislative proposals that could take effect ‘only if enacted into law by Congress.’ Under the REINS Act, each new major rule would receive expedited fast-track consideration by both houses of Congress, and, if passed, would then be forwarded to the president for his signature (or veto).

There you have it. The agency comes in says what they propose, along with their projected costs, it gets sent to both Houses who approve it, or not. If passed it goes to the President who signs or vetoes the proposal.

Sounds simple until you Google it. There you are told this act is constitutional/unconstitutional; places the responsibility on the Agencies, no, on Congress; usurps the power of the Executive/does not; would be scored by the nonpartisan OMB/it would be up to the agencies to provide information; there are writers who extol the virtues of agencies and the good they do the country and those who speak against administrative law; Mike Lee and Dick Durbin are co-sponsors on the bill, so was Rand Paul, but now he’s not and voted against it. Read them all if you’d care to.

Maybe Mike Lee is a cock-eyed optimist if he doesn’t see the thousands of ways around this Act and the lies everyone will be told if it ever passes.

Reading this made me see what I have believed for years but have never said aloud before, even closed my eyes to. No more pussy-footing around. We are led by liars, cheats, narcissistic psychopaths, all of that is true and has been said before. The absolute truth we finally need to confront is that we no longer have a government, rather we have a criminal conspiracy acting as a government and running this country into the ground.

Abraham Lincoln said we can only be destroyed from within. Now we have enemies within who are aiding and abetting the enemies without, and we watch the Paul Ryans, Boehners, and even the Cruz’s and Rubios stabbing their countrymen in the back.

Anyone who still thinks we can trust anything or anyone in government is wrong. And how do we change it? You think this through and then tell me, please. • (2358 views)

Share
This entry was posted in Politics. Bookmark the permalink.

36 Responses to Mike Lee and the REINS Act

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Actually, I think no regulation should take effect without Congressional approval. At the very least, Congress should have the option of rejecting it. According to Eric Lurio’s delightful Cartoon Guide to the Constitution (highly recommended even though he is a liberal on balance), one of the original proposals as the Bill of Rights was being prepared involved a ban on bureaucratic rule-making. Too bad they didn’t think it was necessary.

    “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Anniel,

    We are being ruled by fools and knaves. I had a discussion with a staff member of my House representative who is Sam Johnson. In the end, she could only spout cliches and talking points.

    She promised to send me the complete content of the TAA bill which the House is to vote on tomorrow in about 10 minutes. That was eight hours ago. Still no sign of it.

    And I frankly believe she lied to me about the content of the bill. But since I didn’t receive it, I cannot prove this.

    Her overall claim was that the bill in fact constrains Obama’s ability to act without Congress’ approval as regards trade agreements. Among other things she claimed the bill would restrict Obama’s ability to expand immigration without Congress’ approval.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I doubt that’s true. Still, all this does is allow Barry Screwtape Obama to negotiate a deal that must be voted up or down with no amendments. This is reasonable in its way (not trade deal can ever be negotiated if Congress can amend it), but the problem is that no such deal has been voted down yet, and none of us trust BSO to negotiate the best deal for America.

  3. Anniel says:

    To see the look on Paul Ryan’s face as he tells us we can’t read the TAA bill until it’s passed sickens me. He might just as well borrow Pelosi’s big gavel. I’m to the point of throwing ALL the idiots out, even the decent ones and starting all over. Timothy is right about Bureaucratic rule making. Maybe it should be considered at the proposed Convention of the State’s since no one, absolutely no one seems trustworthy.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Newsmachete shares your opinion of Paul Ryan: Paul Ryan Politically Transgenders into Nancy Pelosi. I love his term the “LGOP.” Perfect. I’ll be using that henceforth. Thanks, Newsmachete.

      And this is a suitably place to say “I told you so.” Well, maybe not anyone here because I didn’t know you several years ago. But my conservative friends on Facebook were gushing “What a nice young Boy Scout in the smart suit.” But Paul Ryan was easily outed as the Big Government LGOP that he is.

      And I’m cooling on Ted Cruz as well. I’m a little tired of all the emails I get begging for money. I got one from Heidi Cruz yesterday that said, “I know Ted sent you an email about sacrifice…” Hoo, boy. If you want money, just ask for money. But this “sacrifice” baloney turns me off.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    No more pussy-footing around. We are led by liars, cheats, narcissistic psychopaths, all of that is true and has been said before. The absolute truth we finally need to confront is that we no longer have a government, rather we have a criminal conspiracy acting as a government and running this country into the ground.

    As they say, Annie, tell us how you really feel. 😀

    I’ll tell you what I think is the God’s truth:

    + The LGOP is corrupt
    + The Democrat Party is evil
    + Libertarians are crazy
    + We have become a corrupt people and nation

    Those are no small things. From that, everything else flows. Here’s a great example of corruption (corruption of thought): ‘Establishment Republican: A Conservative Pejorative by Ray Smith.

    • Anniel says:

      I read that at AT with my mouth hanging open and wondering what planet these great souls live on. Corruption of thought indeed.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        LMAO. Me too. Oh, boy…wow. No words to describe someone that willfully blind and/or uninformed. Yikes. Woe, momma. Keep this guy away from sharp instruments and don’t let him chew gum while he’s walking.

        But to be fair, he’d be perfect as a staff writer at NRO.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      By hanging his argument on one word, “establishment”, he ends up with a somewhat silly article. Instead of a false dichotomy, he is attempting to create a false unity.

      If fact, there are major differences between conservatives and “establishment” Republicans in this country.

      The man is in some way a part of the D.C. industrial, government, lobbying complex thus it is not surprising that he is all for the “establishment”.

      That being said, you will recall I have reminded you several times that, “never forget, they are all just politicians.” They are all we have to work with thus we are, as adults, forced to make choices on the best information available to as regards who we wish to support. Virtually all of the Republicans running for the Presidency are better than the Obamanation. The only one I will not vote for under any circumstances is Jeb.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        The only one I will not vote for under any circumstances is Jeb.

        Me too. I mean, geezuz, I will vote for Rand Paul for president. But under no circumstances will I vote for Jeb Bush. Hitler? Stalin? Maybe. But another Bush? God help us.

        And this boob is just getting creamed in the comments section…and deservedly so. One guy says Maybe we should call them “Republican Overlords” instead.

        Why do you suppose American Thinker even bothered to run this garbage? Remember the stupid back-and-forth we went through, Mr. Kung, to get our (primarily your) one article published? And it was a thoughtful article (even the more so because of all the great quotes from Russell Kirk…and there was no reason to believe that most people have ever read these quotes before, so they were hardly boilerplate…but they demanded that most of them be cut).

        And then me and Glenn (well, 90% Glenn) tried to submit an article refuting standard neo-Darwinism and were basically told “That’s not our sort of thing.” But publishing this kind of crappola by Ray Smith is?

        So if you want freedom of the press, you buy your own press, which I did with the help and donations of you-all. Good god, sometimes you can’t make this stuff up. It’s nice to have this kind of comic relief though once in a while.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          One wonders if such sites as AT receive some type of remuneration for running pieces which fit certain political agendas or mentions certain politicians by name, in a positive way?

      • Timothy Lane says:

        A good reminder that the GOP is basically corrupt but nevertheless far better than the Demagogues can be found in Town Hall articles about Nevada on successive days. Wayne Allyn Root complained about the GOP (which took total control of state government in 2014) raising taxes after running against them. But then Heather Kays pointed out that they were also setting up educational savings accounts to provide genuine educational choice. (Sorry I can’t provide links due to computer problems.)

  5. Anniel says:

    I submitted a couple of articles at AT following all their guidelines on length, double-spacing, not using personal pronouns, etc., only to see articles that seemed 10 times as long, that were travelogues, referencing God and religion, all kinds of things that I was told were no-no’s. So I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “Why bother?” Turns out I much prefer ST’s philosophy and style. Perhaps I should say “free-wheeling style,” and that’s a compliment, Brad.

    • Rosalys says:

      I was banned from posting comments at AT a while back because I would often end with, “Keep yer powder dry!” That was too incendiary!

      “Reading this made me see what I have believed for years but have never said aloud before, even closed my eyes to. No more pussy-footing around. We are led by liars, cheats, narcissistic psychopaths, all of that is true and has been said before. The absolute truth we finally need to confront is that we no longer have a government, rather we have a criminal conspiracy acting as a government and running this country into the ground.”

      I came to this same conclusion about three years ago. I no longer get upset (well, too upset) at what I hear, because absolutely NOTHING surprises me anymore. What’s the point?

      • Tom Riehl TRiehl says:

        Join a growing society, Rosalys. I earned the sobriquets “troll” and other assorted vitriolic descriptors on Ricochet for daring to call the current Satanish cult the Gay Jihad. Apparently, clear descriptive language doesn’t meet their internal Code of Conduct. I’m proud!

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      So I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “Why bother?” Turns out I much prefer ST’s philosophy and style. Perhaps I should say “free-wheeling style,” and that’s a compliment, Brad.

      Thanks, Annie. A high compliment indeed. I try to deftly combine the reverent with the irreverent and steer clear of the irrelevant.

      Like Popeye, I am who I am and I won’t necessarily “clean it up” to impress Rich Lowry, Fox News, or whomever. Long live the straight-shooting (mostly) Sarah Palin. I gave my older brother a ride somewhere today and he was cracking me up with his straight-shooting talk. “Tiger Woods should have just said something like, ‘Hey, I like prostitiutes’ and everyone would have shut up. But instead you have all these people apologizing when they should just tell the media to shove off.”

      I told Ron he should post stuff like that here and we’ll call it something like “Reality According to Ron” and just have our own Andy Rooneyish character (but on the right). We’ll see. Always trying to recruit new talent. 🙂

      And whatever changes are made here (and things always do tend to evolve), I will try not to do so in a dictatorial fashion. I’m seriously thinking of down-playing the politics and up-playing all the other stuff. Not forbidding it, mind you (in fact, I can’t, for you have carte blanche). But trying to emphasize the 99% of other stuff in life. We are conservatives. We are not our politics. Politics is merely a tool.

      And because the culture is, in my opinion, irretrievably broken…well…let’s throw up the walls of our monastery (or convent) and save and cherish the wisdom of the ages while Sodom and Gomorrah go crazy. I mean, I’m only half joking.

      • Tom Riehl TRiehl says:

        You’re half joking and working on 1/4 joking, I’ll bet…

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Probably right. It’s happening now where there are major news events occurring and I’m the last to know about them. “What…they discovered life on Mars? Wow. How about that.”

          I enjoy movies, books, hiking, biking, getting caught in the rain. I’m not into yoga (and I have half a brain). But I don’t watch TV. I don’t read the newspaper. I don’t visit the tattoo parlor every other week to deface my body. I don’t pray to my groin (that is, you won’t find me in the text-messaging position 24/7).

          I’m somewhat hermetically sealing myself off from the crud. Still, some of it is so funny, it’s entertaining. My brother was telling me about some chick who used some tanning lotion and darkened her skin (for whatever reason). She then says something like, “How do you like me now?” Or something. Anyway, long story short, the principal told everyone to bring the annuals in to put a sticker over the picture. Here’s the story.

          Insane. They are all going insane out there. Most are past the point of persuasion.

          Apparently George Hamilton is a racist. Who would have known?

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Well, the most fun news story involves the head of the Spokane NAACP (and a professor of “Africana studies” at a local college there). It turns out that she’s a white who thinks she’s a black (and invented an entire personal backstory to justify this belief). At least Blonde Squaw With Empty Head genuinely believed she had an American Indian background sometime back (which actually is fairly common with people whose families were here long enough ago). Coming right after the Bruce aka Caitlyn incident, it’s proving rather embarrassing for some liberals.

          • Rosalys says:

            My mother was very active in the DAR. Several times she was in charge of putting together a float for the Bristol 4th of July Parade. The last one she did, about 25 years ago, was to celebrate American Women in War and she made costumes for about 8 of her fellow DAR’s to portray various individuals. There was a black member in her chapter and she wanted her to be Harriet Tubman. For some reason this DAR sister had to pull out, but Mom was not deterred! She made a costume for Harriet Tubman and Harriet Tubman was going to be on that float! No one else would do it so Mom, despite our anxious warnings about how that sort of thing just wasn’t tolerated in today’s world, tried to get some blackface makeup for herself. She couldn’t find any – the best she could come up with was some pancake that gave her a dark, orangey tan, kind of like the color of that girl with the tanning lotion – and boldly going where few would dare, she represented Harriet Tubman on that float! Somewhere mid parade on the street there was a black man watching. He pointed at my mother and shouted, “You’re supposed to be black?” and then erupted into gales of laughter!

            My mother was not accosted, nor was she brought up on charges of racism. In fact, I believe the DAR float that year won second or third prize!

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Well, good for them.

            • Anniel says:

              What a great story. We have a wonderful black friend in Chicago, last name of Mr. Wilson. One of our sons named his son Wilson, so Bear went to Mr. Wilson and said he could share being a grandparent, but we’d have to take baby Wilson to Hawaii and darken him up first. Mr. Wilson, being a great guy, threw his arms around Bear (I think we could safely call it a Bearhug), laughed, and accepted the honor.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              Your mother, and that good-hearted black man viewing the parade, are the way it’s supposed to be.

              But now people are specifically looking for offense and grievance. They’re addicted to it. People need to chill.

              Your mother is great.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        And because the culture is, in my opinion, irretrievably broken…well…let’s throw up the walls of our monastery (or convent) and save and cherish the wisdom of the ages while Sodom and Gomorrah go crazy

        I have a dream of buying about 500 acres somewhere and starting a small community of like minded people. I would fence the who place off, sink several water wells and everyone could build their own homes. There would be some type of central compound which could act as clubhouse/community center when things are quiet and as a fortress when hell breaks loose. (One of the requirements would for every household to own a rifle, shotgun and pistol and household members would have to maintain a minimum standard of marksmanship.)

        I would be happy with my family, books, music, art and target practice.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Glenn Beck had something like that in The Overton Window and its sequel.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            Great minds think alike!!!

            Unfortunately for me, I don’t think so much of Beck as great mind but as a good promoter.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I would sign up with your plan and would like to be on the executive committee which writes the bylaws.

          These commune-type things are very very difficult to pull off without killing each other. Somehow we’d have to have a sturdy process to filter out the posers and get to those who are serious about it — those who realize that such an arrangement would mostly likely be a career of self-discipline, not a utopian cult of leisure.

          To make it work would require lots of self-restraint. One bad apple can indeed spoil the whole bunch. And human beings being what they are, some people relish the role of rotten…often in quite subtle ways.

          You’d likely need stable married couples (I would be the exception because I’m so damn perfect). And you, dear leader, would have to play leader. You’d have to be a Fuhrer. (Did I mention that the executive committee was just you and me?) Without a strong and decisive hand able to make the tough calls (that is, kicking people out who are annoying), this type of community would never work. We would need a lord and master with a few checks-and-balances rules to accommodate normal human variability and aspirations.

          Glenn the Greater would be our minister and resident philosopher. Deana would be principle educator and director of cultural enrichment. Timothy would be the librarian in charge of organizing and stocking our extensive library. And I would bring the popcorn. Others could contribute as they think best. I can see Annie as the human resources director, for instance (that is, she and Bear are your muscle when you need to lay down the law).

          Pat would be Director of Things That Go Bang. As our resident gun nut, he could bring many skills to the task. He would also double as general of the militia.

          • Anniel says:

            I’m going to check Bear’s muscles right now. I’ll let you in on a secret. If Bear had made the military his career he would have become the Quartermaster General. You want something delivered on time and in one piece he’s the man you go to. I, personally, want to be the spy in Chief. I think I’d do well in things of a clandestine nature. Would Pat have to be my boss? He’d have to keep the militia functioning after all. Oh, and drones outside the fence only.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            All Elizabeth and I need to do is bring all our books (including duplicates we haven’t disposed of yet), as well as perhaps those Grant McCormick keeps in his storage bin if he’s kept that up (which, unfortunately, I wouldn’t bet on), and you’d have a well-stocked library.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            And you, dear leader, would have to play leader. You’d have to be a Fuhrer.

            Hmmmm??? I have been the boss and do not find it a very enjoyable job, the days of Master and Serfs being behind us. My experience is that if you have one person answerable to you, you have two problems. If you have two people answerable to you, you have six problems, if you have three people answerable to you have eighteen problems. But if you und Ich are zee only beeble who have zee vote, zen maybe we cud verk somzing out.

            Seriously though, with the right group, this could be a very enjoyable thing.

            But as to the workings of the place, well, everyone would have to take care of themselves on a basic level. At least they would in normal times. Of course, people could and probably would help each other. But the real value of this place would be went things got bad. Just imagine if banks closed for a few days, or electricity went out across a large part of the nation for a couple of weeks. The crazies would certainly come out. And then the little community would be a Godsend.

            • Anniel says:

              I do worry about the bad times. When we had the 1964 Earthquake (seems like yesterday) people were pretty good, but even then there were prima donnas who went into my friend’s grocery store and walked right over salvageable goods screaming about what they wanted. He finally had to close his store totally for a few days to avoid the jerks. I cringe thinking what it would be like today.

              Sometimes I do wish we were closer, I was going to say to civilization, but maybe that’s almost no real place now. The crazies you speak of do seem to be proliferating on both sides of the political spectrum. Should we all move to Texas?

  6. Timothy Lane says:

    Well, the TAA bill failed badly, though more Republicans than Democrats voted for this liberal priority. The TPA itself passed (barely), but can’t be sent on until they reconcile it with the Senate version (with TAA). One possibility Obama’s lackeys (The Boehnerites) have in mind is reconsidering the TAA.

    The obvious answer is to oppose all the House leaders whenever they face a primary, but we already knew that, didn’t we?

  7. Tom Riehl TRiehl says:

    Holy son of Smaug! You guys were able to read the entire article? I couldn’t get through it; suffered a brain cramp. American Thinker publishes a lot of insightful commentary, so I’ll give one cramp for the Gipper, I guess…

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Holy son of Smaug! You guys were able to read the entire article? I couldn’t get through it; suffered a brain cramp.

      Oh, ditto on that, TRiehl. I didn’t read the whole thing. I did “intelligent skimming.” Sometimes you read something in the first two paragraphs or so that is so bizarre that you have to read a little more, a little in the middle, a little near the end, to make sure you were getting the gist of it. Yep. I got the gist of it.

      Yes, AT publishes some good stuff. And I’ll continue to scan the headlines there. But as Annie was saying, and as I found out, the entire submission process seems far too arbitrary.

      I encourage people (especially budding amateurs) to submit, and I’ll help them clean it up if necessary. The only guidelines, really, are don’t be another PC or Leftist pinhead (unless circumstances arise where I request a libtard opinion as a counterbalance), be clear, be concise, be interesting, and say what’s really on your mind. Don’t filter it through three layers of “Oh, I can’t say that.” One layer is enough. Filter out the f-bombs and maybe a few things. But this culture right now is so steeped in lies, please please please please please will people just be frank and tell the truth. I promise, you won’t melt.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *