New book on regulations, growth of government
Ken Cuccinelli's 'The Last Line of Defense'
- Duration 4:14
- Date Feb 17, 2013
Ken Cuccinelli's 'The Last Line of Defense'
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In the last ninety days the government has posted nearly six.
Thousand at new proposed federal regulations to its website regulations dot -- -- is encouraging to go check it out.
Virginia's attorney general -- written -- new book about the growth of government and regulations titled the last line of defense the new fight for American liberty.
Attorney general can kitchen island joins us now to talk about this hot topic if you again today -- -- him.
You know the last time that we -- you on the show you were fighting the EPA over its efforts to regulate water as a pollute and it was just one example of the things -- followed regulation nation.
What else you -- in your book.
Well that was the second of our lawsuits with the EPA and -- where people knowing both of them had Democrat compliance this is not some Republican undertaking and and went and we sue them it's not because we don't like the policy.
That's -- elections are for we sue them when they break the law and when they trample the constitution and unfortunately this administration has done that.
At a speed and with a brazen list of known the Ford in -- in my lifetime.
So in addition to the regulations which have been a part of every administration the -- federal agencies there is sort of what a lot of people -- calling -- regulatory cliff going on right now.
Where things are rolling in from Dodd-Frank from the president's health care -- as well.
And those -- up.
They add up very quickly.
And they're really very devastating to opportunity in the economy and opportunity is liberty in the economy that's what we want people exercise is one of the things it's made this great and -- nation and in the book we talk about.
How they keep crossing these lines particularly from the regulatory agencies.
Health care is being -- the grandest example.
And that just.
Handed enormous power to a number of agencies -- EPA FCC.
The National Labor Relations Board and the president lost last month to us.
In the EPA case and they lost.
On the NLRB matter with his -- at recess appointments.
And that is something that he's not backing off so I don't -- see any slowdown.
In the fight for liberty that the states are carrying on -- for the first four years of this administration as we head into the next four.
The -- supportive of these regulations and actions by the president say.
He has to step and -- congresses in gridlock and where they won't act we need regulations to make sure we have clean air safe roadways all those kinds of things.
So why not.
Well frankly that's.
Really contrary to why we have a congress why we have the senate why we have the house they represent us to.
And as the president tried to say to the speaker you know I won get over it.
The speaker pointed out look we have the majority here to.
That -- there wasn't a clear message coming out of November 12 in that respect.
But nonetheless they all swore an oath to uphold the constitution.
And defend the laws the United States and they're breaking them.
And those of us in the states attorneys general in particular.
Are pushing back we've been doing it for years that's been accelerating and unfortunately I see more of that coming in the future and that's -- we talk about in the last line of defense.
Is how that's been going on right up to last -- EPA case.
One this president is a former instructor in constitutional law and in -- very well educated himself.
But yet you say here he's the president of the United States and he's disregarding -- disobeying the constitution that's a pretty tough charge.
I would I would say trampling it.
I mean he views the constitution as meaning whatever he believes it ought to mean at that moment.
For a lot of constitutional law scholars.
And professors is not uncommon.
But the constitution was written -- mean one thing forever.
And it was given an amended the way to amend it.
We've done it -- -- eight times.
Once we undid one from earlier probation.
It can be done and that's the way it should be done -- this president simply says if I want -- congress won't give it to me.
I'll go get it and then I as an attorney general and others across the country step in and say no you don't have that authority.
You're trampling the constitution you're supposed to defend and we're gonna defended ourselves.
And all Americans could should be concerned with any bomb maker regardless of any party who has that attitude that's right a very interesting new book Virginia's attorney general -- personally thank you for joining him thanks good.