Rules are gold to nanny-staters and the bureaucrats they love.

Somebody forgot to tell Washington’s regulatory agencies that it’s Congress that makes laws governing American commerce.

According to a new Competitive Enterprise Institute study provided to Secrets, agency bureaucrats have finalized 47 times more new rules than laws passed in 2011, a runaway record over the past nine years.

CEI found that Congress passed just 81 new laws in 2011, but regulators OK’d 3,807 regulations. A year earlier, Congress approved 217 new laws compared to 3,573 rules, or 16 times more rules.

The separation of powers is nearly complete when unelected functionaries–often bred in the liberal brain-numbing factories called college–start dictating by rules.

Sure, citizens can object and sue, if they have the resources and the time.