Today's Hotelier - September 2016 - 10
LETTER FROM THE pRESIDEnT & CEO
AAHOA President & CEO
please join me
both parties. Your
depend on it.
N Taken To The Cleaners: a Case
Study of the Overregulation of American
Small Business, former environmental policy analyst Jonathan H. Adler
wrote that "The cumulative effect
of regulatory efforts is to depress
economic activity, retard job creation and
stifle the entrepreneurial spirit."
If that sentiment sounds familiar, you
might be an American small-business
owner. If you're among AAHOA's first-generation members, you might even remember that report: it was published in 1993.
In the 23 years since, more than half
a million rules have been added to the
Federal Register. At least 15,000 of those
rules had a direct impact on small business; according to Clyde Wayne Crews,
Jr., policy director at the Competitive
Enterprise Institute, "the number of rules
with small-business impacts under Obama
since 2010 has regularly exceeded 800."
The regulatory state is indisputably and
perhaps irrevocably oversized. The larger
issue, however, and the even greater threat
to American businesses, is that these regulations are created and unilaterally codified by the executive branch through either
executive order or memorandum. They are
never voted on and there is rarely, if ever,
any opportunity for congressional commentary or review.
In fact, at the first Cabinet meeting of
2014, President Obama declared his intention to proceed without Congress, should
its members prove unwilling to take legislative action on his top priorities. "I've got
a pen, and I've got a phone," he asserted,
and he has made significant use of both:
at the close of 2015, the Federal Register
had sailed past the previous page-number
record (81,405 in 2010) to a whopping 81,611.
And business owners can feel the walls
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"The regulatory state has grown under
this administration seemingly without
regard to the costs, practicality or even
legality of rules pushed through by federal
agencies," Chamber of Commerce President
Tom Donohue said earlier this year. "The
president's hurry-up approach of executive
orders and rushed rulemakings is no way
to govern a representative democracy."
The upshot is that Congress's role in
governing has become largely reactive,
virtually powerless to restrain an executive branch determined to upend the
long-established structure of the federal
government. Indeed, as Crews, Jr., said
in Mapping Washington's Lawlessness, "Our
government's branches seem not so much
to check-and-balance as to leapfrog one
another, to ratchet the growth of government upward rather than constrain it to a
constitutionally limited role."
As small-business owners and tax-paying, job-creating citizens, AAHOA members
expect and deserve to have a voice in their
government. The Obama Administration
has repeatedly denied America's job creators the opportunity to have their voices
heard in the legislative process, opting
instead to saddle them with the multibillion-dollar burden of imposing destructive,
Eight years of gross regulatory overreach
is eight years too many. Come November,
please join me in supporting pro-business,
anti-red tape candidates in both parties.
Your livelihood, your business and the
American tradition of unfettered entrepreneurism depend on it.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - September 2016
Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & Ceo
5 Easy Ways to Become a Health‑Conscious Hotelier
4 Points of the Traveler's Journey
Navigating to Healthful
The Latest Strategies in Achieving Sustainability Savings
Sales & Marketing
AAHOA Founding Members
AAHOA Event Shots
Today's Hotelier - September 2016