The National Industrial Recovery Act Essay
Government has grown enormously in the past century and as government has grown so has the size of the executive branch. The founding fathers set up a constitutional system which has three branches of government, executive, legislative and judicial. However, with the passage of the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) Congress began to delegate away its authority to the executive branch to oversee what would grow into the different regulatory agencies. Agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are some well-known examples but it is disputed how many regulatory agencies actually exist. The law was eventually struck down but the precedence was set. The problem today with the regulatory agencies is not that rules on the regulators are too complicated, as some have said, but that the structure the regulatory agencies operate under is un-constitutional. Regulatory agencies have little accountability and great latitude. They are able to operate without checks and balances, as a fourth branch of government with almost unlimited power. The system is overwhelmed with such a massive number of regulations that the courts cannot stop the onslaught. The regulatory agencies must be limited and brought back under the system of checks and balances.
The government has passed many laws to limit the power of the fourth branch of government.…