Executive Branch Departments.
All federal government agencies and offices.
Non-teachers in K-12 public education systems.
Number of Americans employed by government.
Percentage of Americans paid directly or indirectly by government.
New bureaucratic boards, commissions, programs, and government offices created by the Affordable Care Act.
Incumbency rates for members of Congress.
Wine consumption in DC
Overview of classical liberal arts education.
CH 1 – REGULATIONS: YOUR DISTRUST AND SUSPICION EMPOWERED
Text of the Declaration of Independence.
Declaration of Independence explained.
Text of the United States Constitution
United States Constitution explained.
Quotation from Thomas Jefferson.
The administrative state as the rule of intelligence.
CH 2 – REGULATIONS: GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT
Guilty until proven innocent.
CH 3 – NON-LEGISLATORS LEGISLATING: HOW REGULATIONS ARE MADE
“I’m Just A Bill,” from Schoolhouse Rock.
Regulatory Studies Center within the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University.
CH 4 – NON-EXECUTIVES ENFORCING AND NON-JUDGES JUDGING: HOW REGULATIONS COME TO HAVE THE FORCE OF LAW
The Federalist Papers #47.
The Federalist Papers explained.
Regulatory agencies combining all three political powers.
Supreme Court unable to enforce its own decisions.
Chevron Doctrine defined by lawyers.
Chevron Doctrine Two Step.
Gary Lawson describes the administrative processes within the Federal Trade Commission.
FDR and the Department of Agriculture.
CH 5 – DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION: YOU HAVE IMPORTANT WORK TO DO
Quotations from Chapter 3 of Woodrow Wilson’s 1908 book Constitutional Government in the United States.
Justice William Brennan explains why the Constitution belongs to “a world dead and gone.”
CH 6 – RESULTS DON’T MATTER, INTENTIONS DO
Original purposes of the United States Department of Education.
Salaries at the United States Department of Education.
2015 budget for the United States Department of Education.
Government education spending in the U.S. versus education achievement in the U.S.
Wild Horse and Burro Program planned to slaughter 45,000 horses.
War on Drugs.
For a succinct history of how early generations of Americans helped each other when in need, see chapter 6 of Thomas G. West’s book Vindicating the Founders.
War on Poverty.
CH 7 – YOU’LL MAKE EVERYTHING MORE EXPENSIVE, WHICH THE POOR WON’T LIKE, BUT IT’D BE FOR THEIR OWN GOOD
Costs of regulations.
The Constitution of Somalia, which guarantees all kinds of things for Somalians, including free education.
The Maddison Project.
North Korea and South Korea.
Study of regulatory costs by the United States Chamber of Commerce.
Study of regulatory costs by National Association of Manufacturers.
CH 8 – INNOVATION BAD, REGULATIONS GOOD: KEEP DOING THINGS THE OLD WAY
The problem of horse manure prior to the invention of the automobile.
Uber and taxi companies.
Markets, innovation, and increased productivity solved the problem of child labor in the United States, not laws and regulations.
CH 9 – COMPETITION BAD, REGULATIONS GOOD: IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE
Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations.
Closing of community banks following the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
CH 10 – RESPONSIBILITY BAD, REGULATIONS GOOD: WHO ME? I WAS FOLLOWING REGULATIONS
Is government to blame for Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
When scandals are exposed at big financial institutions, maybe government and regulations are to blame?
CH 11 – YOUR INCENTIVE TO PLEASE YOUR SUPERVISOR, NOT CITIZENS
In 2015, only 0.18% of federal bureaucrats were fired for poor performance or misconduct.
Bureaucrats watching porn at work.
CH 12 – YOUR INCENTIVE TO FAIL
Government closing of national monuments and parks in 2013.
CH13 – YOUR INCENTIVE FOR CORRUPTION, ER, CRONY “PARTNERSHIPS”
Who pays income taxes.
Subsidies for green energy.
Government licensure for government lobbyists.
For a detailed account of how members of Congress pay for committee assignments, see Ken Buck’s book Drain the Swamp.
Planned Parenthood pledges $20 million to help Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
CH 14 – SATISFYING YOUR DESIRE FOR POWER TRIPS AND ABUSING AUTHORITY
To understand better how human beings tend to behave when they possess a monopoly on legalized force over others, see the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment.
Congressional testimony about contradictory regulations.
Life expectancy historically.
How fossil fuels help human beings.
Cited essay for the claim that 97% of scientists agree on manmade global warming.
Song from the musical Camelot.
CH 15 – PASSING THE BUCK: WHY ELECTED POLITICIANS LOVE UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS
Example of political science research on the subject of independent regulatory agencies.
EPA turns Colorado’s Animas River yellow.
CH 16 – CATEGORY 4 CHOICES: THE GOVERNMENT’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE
Roe v. Wade
Milton Friedman’s Matrix of Choices.
CH 17 – PRIVATE PROPERTY: SOURCE OF ALL SOCIAL ILLS
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin and the Foundations of Inequality Among Men.
Karl Marx, Das Kapital
Chicago city alderman threatens zoning changes against property owner.
CH 18 – A BUREAUCRAT’S WORST NIGHTMARE: TURNING REGULATORY AGENCIES INTO ADVISORY COMMISSIONS
An example of connecting quality education for children, which everyone supports, with the Federal Department of Education.
THE IMPORTANT WORK AHEAD
“God Bless America”