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(Date Posted:05/09/2018 10:56 PM)
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One of the many promises made by trump during his campaign was to start repealing some of the hundreds of thousands of federal regulations.  So... how's it going?

Well, according to Scientific American, slowly.

Has Trump Killed More Regulations Than Any Other President ...
Feb 1, 2018 - "We have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in ... The Transportation Department topped the list at 83

I said, hundreds of thousands of regulations, which was a bit of hyperbole on my part.  It made me curious though so I began to investigate a bit to see how far off I was.  Turns out to be a bit difficult to figure out how many federal regulations there are.

Forbes took a stab at it but only took a look at the imposed regulations from the years 1995 to 2016:  88,899 regulations.

How Many Rules And Regulations Do Federal Agencies Issue? - Forbes

I began to think my hyperbolic statement of 100,000's of thousands of federal regulations may not be quite as hyperbolic as I thought.  89 thousand regulations in only 21 years.

Over at George Washington Columbia University, they've taken a different approach; pages.  In 1975, there were 71,224 pages to the Code of Federal Regulations.  By the end of 2015, that number reached 178,277 pages.

Reg Stats | Regulatory Studies Center | The George Washington ...

To put that in perspective, the US constitution was about 4 pages which includes signatures.  The average bible has 1,200 pages.  War & Peace comes in at 1,225
pages, Les Miserables has about 1,500 and the US tax code in 2013 had about 73,954 pages.

So, it seems like the answer to, how many federal regulations are there, is not going to be an easy one to ferret out.  Best I can do is divide those 88,899 regulations by 21 to arrive at an average yearly accumulation;  4,233 per year.  Arbitrary setting the limit at 100 years, we can guess that in the last 100 years or so, unka sam has gifted us with 423,300 regulations.

For those in a panic about trump's 'deregulation'... yeah.  Whatever.

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