Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we can now easily view every public comment anyone submits to a federal agency through the website regulations.gov. And while there are plenty of comments offering substantive recommendations to federal bureaucrats, there are plenty that contain profanity to emphasize just how those commenters feel about new red tape.
Bloggers at the Washington Post decided to analyze all those comments and rank federal agencies based on how many times a certain four letter word starting with “F” and a certain four letter word starting with “S” were used. Unsurprisingly, the IRS won by leaps and bounds.
It should also come as no surprise that the Environmental Protection Agency made the top 3—and in fact, the Post’s writer noted that had they analyzed all the comments submitted in bulk, the EPA would almost certainly vault into at least second place. Nearly forty percent of the comments submitted to the agency contain those particularly colorful swear words. As the agency continues to pump out regulations estimated to cost the economy billions of dollars and eliminate millions of jobs, it’s no wonder commenters are getting pretty heated!