President Obama has added 17,522 pages of regulations in his five years in office.
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There are many different metrics to measure the expansion of regulatory power, which has frankly grown to the point where judging its full extent and cost is harder than calculating the duration of the Big Bang. You might say some of the same quantum uncertainty principles are involved. One law has a way of turning into a thousand rules, which breed into five thousand more micro-regulations… and that’s before the bureaucracy realizes that yesterday’s regulations need some quick fixes. It’s a lot easier to camp out at the South Pole and look for gravity waves in the background radiation of the universe.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute suggests that the traditional metric of counting pages in the Federal Register (currently growing at the rate of 70,000 fresh pages per year!) is not precise enough, because the Federal Register “contains lots of material besides final rules.”