If you read the Convention of States blog on a regular basis, you know we frequently draw your attention to government regulation and wasteful spending.
We do this because we want Americans from both sides of the aisle to understand the extent of the problem in Washington, D.C.
The regulatory crisis is out of control. Federal agencies legislate without congressional approval, creating thousands of pages of new regulations every year. These regulations inhibit economic growth and frustrate upstanding American business owners who are simply trying to comply with each year's new slew of rules.
Similarly, our national Congressmen seem unconcerned with the mounting national debt as they continue to approve wasteful, superfluous spending projects. They approve money for creating anti-truancy smartphone apps, studying what kids think of fat characters, and to find out if same-sex couples live close to tobacco shops. That's on top of waste due to simple incompetence and oversight.
Over-regulation and government waste aren't the most pressing issues facing our country -- but they are among the longest-lasting and most insidious of our government's various ills. And in order to keep track of these issues we'd like to call your attention to two websites.
The first is the Washington Free Beacon's section on government waste. They post new articles regularly, and they're a great, reliable resource if you want the most recent examples of wasteful federal spending.
The second is The Hill's section on government regulation. They keep tabs on the new regulations implemented by federal bureaucracies, and the efforts made to limit or block them.
The purpose of learning about regulations and waste is simple: Americans have the responsibility to fight policies that harm their country.
One of the best ways to join the fight is by volunteering for the Convention of States Project. A Convention of States has the ability to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, which would, in turn, limit the ability of federal agencies to enact new regulation. It also has the ability to, once and for all, force Congress to be fiscally responsible.
By joining the Convention of States Project, you'll be helping implement the last, best chance to stop government waste and over-regulation. The Founders included the Convention of States provision for just this purpose, and it's time we use it.