Obama Sets New Record For Regulations – 81,640 Pages In 2016

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Submitted by Joseph Jankowski via PlanetFreeWill.com,

The Obama Administration has just shattered the previous record for pages of regulations and rules published by the Federal Register in a single year.

According to a report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Obama’s presidency produced 81,640 total pages of regulations and rules for 2016, surpassing the previous record the administration set in 2010 by 235 pages.

Obama is the only president to ever surpass the 80,000 mark of regulatory pages produced, achieving the feat four times.

President Obama’s Federal Register added 572 pages on Thursday (Nov. 17) alone!

Clyde Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute warns that Obama’s manufacturing of regulations is not over. With the amount of time left in the year, the current pace of rule passage could bring many thousands of more pages.

“No one knows what the future holds, but at a pace of well over 1,000 pages weekly, the Federal Register could easily top 90,000 pages this year. The simple algebra says that at the current pace we’ll add 11,190 pages over the next 44 days, to end 2016 at around 92,830 pages,” said CEI’s Wayne Crews.


“This is astonishing and should be of great concern, and intolerable, to policymakers.” Said Wayne Crews. “It is remarkable enough that the all-time record has been passed before Thanksgiving.”

Crews called on President-elect Donald Trump to make good on campaign promises and cut regulations.

“President-elect Donald Trump could take a page from President Reagan, who brought page counts down from Carter’s 73,258 to as low as 44,812. We don’t need a pen and phone, we need a meat axe,” he said.

Regulatory reform is going to be a major focus of the Trump administration, according to the President-elect’s transition website.

The Trump administration’s efforts to combat the regulatory state “will include a temporary moratorium on all new regulation, canceling overarching executive orders and a thorough review to identify and eliminate unnecessary regulations that kill jobs and bloat government.”

To put into perspective what type of effect the regulatory state has on the American economy, a 2014 report by the National Association of Manufacturers found that regulatory costs on all firms exceed $2 trillion annually and disproportionally affect small businesses.

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DuneCreature's picture

OOOOh, this is some juicy good information. ... Something we need to keep reminding Donald Trump of as soon as he takes office.

If OBunnyboy Barry writes up a lot of laws, regs and EOs wrecking the lifeboats on his way off the ship there is a cure for that. It's called the Congressional Review Act and it allows Congress to void laws for 60 days after a exiting President leaves office.

This comes courtsey of Jim Stone - free lance journalist (

Congressional Review Act

Live Hard, Replace The Bilge Plug And Bail Out The Boat, Die Free

~ DC v4.0

Raffie's picture

An yet in 8 years never had a GPD of %3 or higher.


Stuck on Zero's picture

So ...  each page of legislation costs the economy maybe $10M.

Paul Kersey's picture

Burn all the pages and trash all regulations made in the last eight years.  

willwork4food's picture

Here here!!! Fucking .gov bitches, all they know how to do is regulate and create more laws to fuck small business and the middle class.

I say we just ignore them and see what a few million people can do to piss off the regulators.


Future Jim's picture

Aren't most new pages actually rewrites of existing pages? Or are they entirely new pages?

toady's picture

It's like I keep telling the wife, sure, you can buy some new shoes, but you have to throw away two old pairs.

It's also like the wife keeps telling me,that's not gonna happen. i

The Navigator's picture

Obama New Regulations

Easy Peasy

Zippo lighter, lighter fluid.

Gone in 30 seconds.

What a stupid fuck - a Constituional student, he should have attended a few classes instead of writing communist views in the school paper.

Raffie's picture

What happened to going paperless? LOL

Jethro's picture

And even that was a stretch.

TeamDepends's picture

Commies enjoy nothing more than creating moar laws, regulations, codes, and winky wink barriers to freedom than the common person can keep track of.

nmewn's picture

Time for a good old fashioned regulatory book burning in the town square.

(As the bureaucratic minions of the state gasp in horror) ;-)

mkkby's picture

Repeal EVERY LAW on the books since the original constitution.  That means no federal gov except the military and foreign relations.  This would fire 99% of federal employees, and unemployment doesn't exist.  Find an honest job, assholes. 

Have a giant bon fire with every piece of paper printed since 1787.  Make it the next July 4th celebration.

Back to states rights.  Every state has agencies that duplicate everything fedgov does.

BabaLooey's picture







LetThemEatRand's picture

If Trump and Congress really want to do something (no, I'm not holding my breath), they abolish all rulemaking authority for non-elected administrators.  It is a purely delegated power that can and should be withdrawn.

Mini-Me's picture

Put the 80,000 pages on a pallet, strap the Magic Negro to it, and drop it out of a C-130 at 20,000 feet.

Nobody For President's picture

Not high enough.

Make it 28,000 feet: published ceiling of a C130J with 21 ton payload.

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

The Tree Killer in Chief.

toady's picture

Wasn't he supposed to care about the environment or something? 

AlexCharting's picture

So 8 years of playing golf and signing documents. 

deerhunter's picture

Rule number one. Secret Service protection ceases day after successor is sworn in. Rule two is. No pension for an 8'yesr position. Rule three, cab fare for one to the airport or train station within 30'miles . Done

reTARD's picture

Well, a couple of those pages are rules regarding Barry's Bathhouse. Something like "only 3 at a time."

Singelguy's picture

No wonder the economy sucks. It is being beaten to death by a super heavy Federal Register.

nmewn's picture

"If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it." - another old dead white guy ;-)

cherry picker's picture

One college professor announced a few years ago there isn't anyone in the USA over the age of 18 he couldn't indict for something or another.

They say ignorance of the law is no excuse, but congress passed Obamacare's 1,000+ pages without reading it or knowing what was inside it. How is the man on the street to know? We got better things to do beside keeping up with all the regulations and laws.

I'm an old guy, I do as I please and keep a low profile.

Screw the rules, the rule makers are not my boss and will never be.

The words of General Emiliano Zapata made famous "Its better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."

General Titus's picture

So what Bush and his friend and fellow anti-american globalist liberal CFR member Clinton do was regulate the hell out of US corporations, have costly quality control, labor unions, environmental laws, and taxes which funded local, county, state, and federal taxes, and than open the doors and tell the corporations they can go to Mexico, and than with the WTO to China etc where they have little to no regulations, labor laws & unions, environmental & quality control, and little to no taxes and than they can ship the junk back to the US with little to no taxes netting the corporations enormous profits. Pat Buchanan pointed this out from 1992 on and was proven prophetic

logicalman's picture

People who make rules for a living are out of a job as soon as they run out of ideas for new rules.

The number of pages in the rule books are growing exponentially just to keep these useless, unproductive fucks in a position to impose their wlll on Joe Public.

I hope I last long enough to see what happens when enough people wake up.


DaBard51's picture

Dodd-Frank is HOW many pages?  He may be a prolific regulator, but Obama had help.






When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

Safelyundergroundlul's picture

Disgusting. Remember the Illu card game. That's how much we need "lawyers". <3

Safelyundergroundlul's picture

Literally disgusted thinking about what Obama has done to America. And I'm not even American. You guys must have had a fun 8 years. 

IndyPat's picture

He must be looking forward to seeing all his shit trashed.

Ain't like he's even the one coming up with the regs. Like he even understands them? Prolly just asks if it will piss off whitey and they say...oh yes. Some Bolshevik juice like Sunstein is cranking them regs out and passing them over for the dipshit to "RoboPen".

wisebastard's picture

i bet he is trying to match his putting game so it doesnt look so bad

Mr T's picture

And the Legacy Lives on!

Obomba is going to need another server farm in Utah for it. I will gladly donate a Tubman for his future memorial server

Mr T's picture

If you like your regulations you can keep your regulations 

If you don't... To bad.

Small Government Is Better's picture

Americans do not need or want 80,000 pages per year of rubbish legislation and regulatory nonsense from the Federal Gov't.  My experience is that when you ask a Federal bureaucrat to point to the approved regulation/legislation which supports their demand for action, each time that bureaucrat was not able to do so.  And, neither was their manager, or their manager's manager.  Excessive regulation/legislation is the result of overactive Congress and Presidential Administrations which seem to always mistake action for accomplishment. 

Americans want fewer regulations and much less legislation.  Since the Federal Government's own bureaucrats cannot show citizens the legislation empowering their demands, then the Federal Government must shrink its tens of thousands of pages of regulations and legislation.  Federal regulations and legislation have many internal conflicts.  Which regulation/legislation is right?  Federal bureaucrats don't know!

This is all evidence of a failed government.  It would be better to start over with the US Constitution as the fundamental law of the land, and revoke the 200+ years of Congressional legislative nonsense.  All Congressional legislation should have a ten year sunset provision.  Every ten years after legislation has been passed by Congress, Congress must re-affirm the legislation, or the legislation automatically expires and is revoked.  If government regulations and legislation is not understandable by that government's bureaucrats, then that government must simplify its regulations and legislation so its own bureaucratic personnel can know their functions.  Today, this is not the case as I can attest after having prevailed in many conflicts with Federal bureaucrats.  

That I, as a citizen, must make this public is further proof that the Federal government has not been competent in formulating regulations and legislation.  America needs to do a reset and a restart with its Congress, its body of legislation, and its collections of regulations.  Otherwise, America is trying to build a robust government on a foundation laid on quicksand.  Such a government will collapse in failure.

BrownCoat's picture

And tax legislation sunsets after 2 years. Thus, politicians have to vote, and go on record as voting, for taxes.

honest injun's picture

The first thing that President Trump should do is repeal the decision to give all Obama cronies loopholes letting them off the hook for mandating that they pay for healthcare for their employees.  

HRH of Aquitaine's picture
HRH of Aquitaine (not verified) Nov 17, 2016 10:08 PM

When they tried this shit in Ancient Rome the result was people walked away from their farms. Why? They could give the tax man everything they grew, and starve, or leave for new pastures.

When will the commies learn that you can write new rules all day long. Do they matter? Will they be enforced? By whom? At what cost?

Absolute foolishness mixed with insanity. A lethal combination.

Joyo Bliss's picture

It'll take a lot more pages to repeal the laws that were put in place. Big job ahead.

Liberal paper pushers ... disgusting paper generating behaviour to mask the fact these people have no life skills other than to graft an ever increasing percentage of an honest days workers wages.

We work all day occasionally tuning in to the steady stream of misinformation or propaganda, if you will, seeing and hearing the politicians flapping their jaws, with the pure intent to graft and line their own pockets.

When will liberalism crush itself under its own weight. How much do they want of ours? 60%? 70%? 80%? At some point, it's pointless to bother working. Wasn't it the a Russian who said: "we pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us." That's what it's going to come to; we'll all be at the government trough.

Now this frigging CO2 tax... what a scam. "The science is settled" ffs. The premise is set. Everybody knows we need to be happy being green. Like fuck. I don't wash my garbage before I throw it away. I take pride in mixing paper, plastic and organic garbage together and whipping it down the garbage chute. Ya baby. Not feeling guilty, yer honour!

Now I'm off to https://wattsupwiththat.com/ to see how the current state of unsettledness is. Bye.


Yen Cross's picture

   It's all going to get unwound... Ozero is just trying to tie up Trumps transition team, so they can all get their Guatemalan passports approved.

Elmo Blatch's picture

With that many rules and regs it must be a felony getting out on the wrong side of the bed.

onmail1's picture


The 'Evidence' is piling up

Offthebeach's picture

Anything on ordering the sea to retire?

Its all good. Let the sheeple learn, let their wealth overlords, governmentals rule over them. Let life in every way be the DMV.
Sheeple can't think, so they must experience.

damicol's picture

Want to make America Great Again.


 So So So Simple.

 Burn 900,000 pages of fucking asswipe, regulations since the day the faggot monkey took over, and issue pink slips to every single parasitic shit stain that had anything whatsoever to do with writing and administering this monumental pile of shit


Business expansion freed of this fucking monumental waste


Net gain four fucking trillion and counting.

Best gain, less parasitic fucking cunts sucking your blood


blindman's picture

November 17, 2016
Skepticism in Risk ("to be being")
by peter jb @verbewarp

"The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls." - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Vin's picture

Only congress has the authority and power to create law and does not have the authority to delegate that power.

All regulations from depts and agencies that are not passed into law by congress are merely guidelines imposed on us.

Disobey and nullify whenever possible.

melpheos's picture

Obama was president in 2006, wasn't aware of this

In the end Obama legislature produce 2205 page when Bush produced 5177...

As far as i know 5177 > 2205


This article is the worse piece of misinformation.

Obama legislature did not produce 80K+ page of legislation, morons !!!

It's the TOTAL pages present on the federal register page so this is like the national debt.