Not too long ago I made a point of the accelerating bloat of laws and how this steals our freedoms. Yesterday, I came across a photo and stats adequately illustrating that very point. Here are the details for our readers’ consideration.

In the article last month, I briefly discussed “Laws designed to make you a lawbreaker.” Basically, there are so many laws, covering so many aspects of life, that even the government writing the laws has lost track of them all. This means that eventually, you WILL become a lawbreaker despite your very best efforts to follow the law, even if you are guilty of a felony as simple and bizarre as “possession of lobster.” And once the government finds a way to declare you guilty, they’ve got you by the…freedom. And then they can demand what they want if you want to stay a free man.

They might demand that you quit writing about how the emperor has no clothes, a.k.a. how the government institutions increasingly fail at their very missions and break their own laws. They might demand your wealth in the form of a hefty fine. Spinal surgeon Dr. Lee Hieb documents this practice in detail in the medicine industry, in which federal Medicare Enforcers routinely shake down innocent doctors for hefty fines, and to keep them in fear of standing up for themselves.

A leading heart surgeon who insisted he had not committed Medicare Fraud and went to court to prove his innocence and won, but still ended up in jail on the flimsiest of pretexts for refusing to submit to these bureaucrat shakedowns. Ultimately, the public loses because an extremely skilled man with proven integrity wastes away behind bars as an example to anyone else who might question total government authority over our lives.

Laws vs. Regulations with the Force of Law

In 2014, Utah Senator Mike Lee posted the above photo to his Facebook page explaining:

“Behold my display of the 2013 Federal Register. It contains over 80,000 pages of new rules, regulations, and notices all written and passed by unelected bureaucrats. The small stack of papers on top of the display are the laws passed by elected members of Congress and signed into law by the president.”

Did you get that? That little stack on top of the cabinet are the things you would normally call laws, which went through the rather difficult process defined by America’s founders. The rest of the cabinet contains regulations with all the force of law, but were created by unelected bureaucrats with the stroke of a pen. The regulations have just as much impact on your life. They can impose fines or jail time for violation. Do you run your own business or hope to start your own business? Better make sure nothing in that stack affects you. Do you do anything with money, or food, or medicine? Do you have plans to make developments on your home or your land? Better make sure there’s nothing in that stack restricting your actions.

So you want to be a law-abiding citizen? Did you read through that entire stack to make sure you are still in compliance with the laws as of 2013? And that’s generously assuming nothing in the stack conflicts with any other still-active law ever written. Where there is a conflict, you’ll be a lawbreaker no matter what you do.

In late 2015, Mark Levin’s book Plunder and Deceit was published. One fact it notes along the lines of the above photo:

…in the last decade the executive branch of our federal government has issued 36,877 regulations, about 3,500 per year.  Those new regulations cover more than 768,000 pages in the federal registry. That’s nearly 80,000 new pages per year.

By contrast, Congress, our law-making body, has passed just 1,706 laws in that same ten-year period, and it’s under these laws that the regulators freely operate.

So the Senator’s picture above is representative of your yearly chore if you want to remain in compliance with law. Read a stack that thick, at the start of the year, every year, to ensure you are not breaking any federal laws.

And we’re only talking about federal laws and regulations. How many more pages do you need to read to include your applicable state laws, county laws, and city laws (and regulations at each level)?

Do you still think you’re not a lawbreaker?