Politician Rounds Decries Politicians, Says During Recess That Congress Should Work More

Seeing all those angry Americans cheering for Donald Trump’s empty shouting, Senator Mike Rounds is working on his impression of the billionaire Presidential candidate. South Dakota’s junior Senator whined to the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce yesterday about just how bad politicians (which he is) in Washington (where he works) are:

Rounds says politicians make the wrong calls for individuals and business leaders in states that are operating prudently.

“And I think we ought to be mad about it. It’s broken. It is dysfunctional. It is worse that I ever thought it was. But a lot of the folks that are there right now, as good as they are? They’ve never seen it working correctly. So, yeah. For me, it’s been kind of frustrating…” [Kealey Bultena, “Rounds: Washington Worse Than I Thought,” SDPB Radio, 2015.08.25].

And what harm do politicians (which Mike Rounds is) do in Washington (where he works)? They make lots of rules to govern a really complicated society:

“Here’s the problem: the founding fathers never expected that Congress would give up its ability to legislation to the executive branch in the rule-making process. Today right now we pass 16 federal rules for every single law that we pass,” Rounds says. “That’s 3,500 to 3,600 more rules written every single year. You live right now with one million You couldn’t comply with all of them even if you could read them” [Bultena, 2015.08.25].

Mike Rounds
Expecting consistency from Mike Rounds? Keep waiting….

Rounds implies that (1) we shouldn’t have so many rules and (2) what rules we do have should be made by politicians (which he is) in Congress (where he works).

But the South Dakota government that the former Legislator and Governor touts as an exemplar of the common sense to which Washington is impervious does the same thing. South Dakota has all sorts of administrative rules created by executive branch agencies. The Legislature authorizes them to make all those rules under the sensible premise that legislators have neither the time nor the expertise to create useful rules for all the different realms of South Dakota life that require governance.

We have rules that cover parking at the Capitol, charging citizens for public records, how to pack and label ice cream, how to control weeds, and what to wear when racing a horse. We have rules for chiropractors, cosmetologists, plumbers, podiatrists, morticians, and hearing aid dispensers. The latest Register of the Legislative Research Council shows 30 new rules filed while legislators were off doing other important things, and there have been 34 weekly registers thus far this year. Rounds’s own old executive branch is writing all sorts of rules for South Dakotans without direct legislative involvement, and that’s just the way he and his former colleagues in Pierre have designed the system to work. Rounds and our legislators don’t think South Dakota society will run without administrative rules; why should they pretend that the much more populous and complex national government and economy will operate any better by anarchy?

Senator Rounds could get rid of a bunch of rules if he followed through on his promise to get rid of the Department of Education. But we all knew Rounds was lying for the cameras when he mouthed that promise, just as he was pander-lying to the Chamber yesterday.

Right now in Washington, D.C., administrators of government agencies are drafting, discussing, and enforcing the rules that help keep America running smoothly and cleanly. Alas, their efforts allow Washington politicians like Senator Mike Rounds to spend the August recess making silly speeches… but hey, every process generates some inefficiency.


7 Responses to Politician Rounds Decries Politicians, Says During Recess That Congress Should Work More

  1. He’s found his shtick! It’s us against them. Forget that he is one of “them” as are Thune and Noem. He’s got his “stupid file” and his raw statistics to entertain the crowds, and it works only because he’s a newby. The longer he’s there the less effective this approach will be. Fortunately he won’t be there long.

  2. Porter Lansing

    Koch Bros. and lesser campaign mega-donors contribute “big bucks” to Republicans like Sen. Rounds to navigate around the rules for them. To “come clean” about it to a Chamber of Commerce is little more than an “I’m still for sale” sign.

  3. Shtick is right, R. Instead of really digging into his job, Rounds is going to blow this smoke to excuse not really getting anything done.

  4. Douglas Wiken

    Rounds is around to solve the problems he and his retrograde ilk have generated in Congress. He is another irrelevant shill in Congress and spouting his illogical nonsense in South Dakota appeals to those ignorant of everything but their economic mythology and unworkable right-wing political schemes.

  5. Wayne Fenner

    Question for MM Rounds:

    Okay. Federal politics are dysfunctional. What are you going to do about it?

  6. mike from iowa

    You could replace all three pols with immigrant laborers who would be devoted to duty at much reduced costs.More than likely you could hire several replacements for each wingnut and still save a bundle of money for taxpayers. Best of all, no photo ops on the Great Wall unless it is the one Trump plans to force Mexico to pay for on the southern border.

  7. Why Democrats loose elections. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/28/omalley-blasts-democratic-leaders-for-rigged-2016-debate-process/

    Without debate, the guy in the chair always wins. We need someone to kick Tehran John in the juevos and boot NOem in the arse. Simple as that. We have now Paula Hawks to do some kicking, will she do it though? That is the question. Clowns like EB Rounds have never done a days work in their lives, someone under them has though. He is there now for a time.