Beemaster is gonna love this.
By the logic of the proponents of Liberal “Big Government” the FCC or the Federal Communication Commission is one of the best deals in Washington.
FOR EVERY TAXPAYER DOLLAR WE LAVISH ON THIS SUPER SECRET AGENCY (THE FCC) WE GET BACK ALMOST $500 DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL COST OR LIVING EXPENSES ALSO PAID BY THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS OR THE CONSUMERS!!! ISN’T THIS CALLED DOUBLE DIPPING??? I guess it also could be called double whipping but that is the subject of a different thread.
Isn’t this a GREAT country or what???
For instance: http://investorshangout.com/post/638712/-FCC-Costs-Americans-142-Billion-a-Year-The-Federa
The Federal Communications Commission is the third most expensive federal agency when it comes to the compliance costs it imposes with its regulations.
Americans spend $142 billion a year to comply with FCC regulations, behind only the Environmental Protection Agency ($353 billion) and the Department of Health and Human Services ($185 billion), according to a report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI) Center for Technology and Information.
The FCC was established as an independent agency in 1934 and took over regulation of telephone and telegraph communications and radio. It has since expanded to cover television, broadband, and the Internet, and has a 2013 budget of $365 million.
The agency enforced more than 25,000 regulatory restrictions in 2011 and added 108 more last year — an average of one new rule every 2.3 working days. Between 2000 and 2012 it published 2,705 proposed rules, and as of fall 2012, 86 proposed rules were at some stage of the rule-making process, with seven of them imposing costs of more than $100 million.
The agency’s real costs could be even higher, the CEI observes, “but it is hard to gather data because of an alarming lack of transparency. Important information, such as the number of FCC regulations in the books, how many more are on the way and how much they cost, are scattered among obscure sources.”
For example, estimates of the costs of wireless spectrum regulations and broadband regulations, two of the biggest components of FCC compliance costs, date to 2005.
“Americans do not know — and in large measure cannot find out — what they are paying for this regulatory regime or what this agency is up to,” said Ryan Young, CEI’s Fellow in Regulatory Studies. “The basic principles of transparency and open government are ignored, and this undermines Americans’ trust in government.”
The CEI proposes that the FCC every year should “evaluate its older rules and repeal the ones that no longer apply; have been rendered obsolete by new technologies, regulations, or private action; or have been demonstrated to do more harm than good.”
NOW MY QUESTION TO YOU IS THIS. WOULD SAMUEL MORSE OR ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL, LITTLE LESS THOMAS EDISON HAVE INVENTED THE FIRST TELEGRAPH, THE FIRST TELEPHONE, OR THE MOVING PICTURE PROJECTOR IF THEY KNEW THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO DODGE, EVADE, COMPLY AND WADE THROUGH THIS REGULATORY SWAMP FULL OF HUNGRY BUREAUCRATIC ALLIGATORS?