Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

regulatory agencies


In a recent tweet I claimed that the regulatory agencies had evolved into a fourth branch of government that essentially combines legislative, judicial, and executive all into one neat body accountable to nobody. I was surprised at the number of people that didn’t understand the tweet, replying that only Congress can make laws. I’ll explain.

It’s true, only the State’s and the US Congress can make ‘law.’ However, agencies can make rules that if not complied with, can result in penalties that cost money which is tantamount to a fine. Laws passed by Congress generally include a range of penalties… Continue reading

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