We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The past year has marked the passage of the two most massive legislative reforms in the history of American politics: ObamaCare for health care and Dodd-Frank for the financial sector. Their size and complexity dwarf those of any New Deal legislation.
These new laws require a stunning acceleration of the longstanding practice of relying on delegated authority to implement statutory commands. According to its New Deal champions, this welcome division of authority could cure the manifold defects of a market economy by combining the best of democratic politics with the best of administrative expertise. Under the new division of labor, the political branches of government set the broad direction of legislative reform, and then trust skilled administrative agencies to turn general directives into specific commands.
The sheer magnitude of the new legislative ventures has thrown this model–which, in truth, has never worked well–into disarray.
We have become a nation of administrative de facto law as opposed to a nation of legislative de jure law.
Basically, the politicians have ,as usual, taken the easy way out since none of this impacts them in the least since the primary function of lawyers writing administrative law is to exempt the right people (congresscritters, senior government offficials, lobbyists, etc.) in a fine print paragraph placed at least 250 pages into the regulations.