2011: Worst Regulations of the Year

The Heritage Foundation’s James Gattuso and Diane Katz have compiled a list of the top ten worst federal rules of 2011:

“Hindsight is supposed to be 20/20, but looking back on the past 12 months, it’s tough to see any sense in many of the Administration’s regulatory missteps. Of course, there are bound to be a few howlers when government churns out more than 3,500 rules in a year, including dozens unleashed by Obamacare, Dodd–Frank, and the perpetually errant Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But by any standard, 2011 brought forth a remarkable number and variety of regulatory blunders.”

The list includes:

  1. The light bulb ban
  2. The individual mandate
  3. “Net Neutrality”
  4. The seeing-eye pony rule
  5. The school lunch potato limitation
  6. The EPA power plant rule
  7. The debit card fee rule
  8. The Urinal water efficiency rule
  9. The Boiler MACT rule
  10. The union “loser wins” rule

Read the details on these egregious extensions of government interference here.

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