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Obama Promises Review Of Regulations

From the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal:

Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System

If the FDA deems saccharin safe enough for coffee, then the EPA should not treat it as hazardous waste.

JANUARY 18, 2011

For two centuries, America’s free market has not only been the source of dazzling ideas and path-breaking products, it has also been the greatest force for prosperity the world has ever known. That vibrant entrepreneurialism is the key to our continued global leadership and the success of our people.

This is true, of course. But isn’t it amazing that it has taken Mr. Obama so long to acknowledge it?

But throughout our history, one of the reasons the free market has worked is that we have sought the proper balance. We have preserved freedom of commerce while applying those rules and regulations necessary to protect the public against threats to our health and safety and to safeguard people and businesses from abuse.

Except that for most of the history of our nation there were very few if any government regulations. And yet we not only survived, we prospered like no other country in the history of the world.

From child labor laws to the Clean Air Act to our most recent strictures against hidden fees and penalties by credit card companies, we have, from time to time, embraced common sense rules of the road that strengthen our country without unduly interfering with the pursuit of progress and the growth of our economy.

Sometimes, those rules have gotten out of balance, placing unreasonable burdens on business—burdens that have stifled innovation and have had a chilling effect on growth and jobs.

Does Mr. Obama mean like how the ‘common sense’ Clean Air Act has subsequently metastasized to the point that the EPA cites it for their power to regulate carbon dioxide, which is not even a pollutant.

At other times, we have failed to meet our basic responsibility to protect the public interest, leading to disastrous consequences. Such was the case in the run-up to the financial crisis from which we are still recovering.

There, a lack of proper oversight and transparency nearly led to the collapse of the financial markets and a full-scale Depression.

Naturally Mr. Obama is not referencing the lack of oversight for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or how the Community Re-investment Act was allowed to run amok.

No, he is talking about those evil Wall Street bankers who nefariously tried to protect themselves when the government forced them to accept bad mortgages.

Over the past two years, the goal of my administration has been to strike the right balance. And today, I am signing an executive order that makes clear that this is the operating principle of our government.

Oh, our sides. Tell that to the oil produces who have been slapped with a seven year moratorium that the courts have repeatedly declared to be illegal. Tell it to the internet providers, whom the FCC is now going to regulate.

Tell that to the nuclear power industry. Tell that to the health insurance companies. Tell that to every small business that will have to fill out a hundred 1099 forms, come April.

This order requires that federal agencies ensure that regulations protect our safety, health and environment while promoting economic growth. And it orders a government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive. It’s a review that will help bring order to regulations that have become a patchwork of overlapping rules, the result of tinkering by administrations and legislators of both parties and the influence of special interests in Washington over decades.

Where necessary, we won’t shy away from addressing obvious gaps: new safety rules for infant formula; procedures to stop preventable infections in hospitals; efforts to target chronic violators of workplace safety laws. But we are also making it our mission to root out regulations that conflict, that are not worth the cost, or that are just plain dumb.

Why couldn’t Congress get rid of the 1099 regulations last year?

For instance, the FDA has long considered saccharin, the artificial sweetener, safe for people to consume. Yet for years, the EPA made companies treat saccharin like other dangerous chemicals. Well, if it goes in your coffee, it is not hazardous waste. The EPA wisely eliminated this rule last month.

Of all the examples to cite, Mr. Obama uses saccharin, which is an asinine example.

Saccharine was classified as hazardous waste by the EPA because it is derived from coal slag. When talking about a particular chemical being ‘hazardous waste,’ we’re not talking about a few ounces of it getting spilled on a table. We are talking about thousands of tons of it being spilled into a river somewhere.

It is pathetic but telling that Mr. Obama couldn’t even find a truly senseless regulation, with so many to choose from.

But creating a 21st-century regulatory system is about more than which rules to add and which rules to subtract. As the executive order I am signing makes clear, we are seeking more affordable, less intrusive means to achieve the same ends—giving careful consideration to benefits and costs. This means writing rules with more input from experts, businesses and ordinary citizens. It means using disclosure as a tool to inform consumers of their choices, rather than restricting those choices. And it means making sure the government does more of its work online, just like companies are doing.

In other words, Mr. Obama is flinging the door open to even more crackpot special interest groups, like the Sierra Club and the Center For Science In The Public Interest.

We’re also getting rid of absurd and unnecessary paperwork requirements that waste time and money.

But not the 1099 requirement in Obama-care.

We’re looking at the system as a whole to make sure we avoid excessive, inconsistent and redundant regulation. And finally, today I am directing federal agencies to do more to account for—and reduce—the burdens regulations may place on small businesses. Small firms drive growth and create most new jobs in this country. We need to make sure nothing stands in their way.

What a stunning admission. 2012 really is getting close.

One important example of this overall approach is the fuel-economy standards for cars and trucks. When I took office, the country faced years of litigation and confusion because of conflicting rules set by Congress, federal regulators and states.

The EPA and the Department of Transportation worked with auto makers, labor unions, states like California, and environmental advocates this past spring to turn a tangle of rules into one aggressive new standard. It was a victory for car companies that wanted regulatory certainty; for consumers who will pay less at the pump; for our security, as we save 1.8 billion barrels of oil; and for the environment as we reduce pollution. Another example: Tomorrow the FDA will lay out a new effort to improve the process for approving medical devices, to keep patients safer while getting innovative and life-saving products to market faster.

Despite a lot of heated rhetoric, our efforts over the past two years to modernize our regulations have led to smarter—and in some cases tougher—rules to protect our health, safety and environment. Yet according to current estimates of their economic impact, the benefits of these regulations exceed their costs by billions of dollars.

Sure they do. The CBO says so.

This is the lesson of our history: Our economy is not a zero-sum game.

That’s not what he told ‘Joe The Plumber.’

Regulations do have costs; often, as a country, we have to make tough decisions about whether those costs are necessary. But what is clear is that we can strike the right balance. We can make our economy stronger and more competitive, while meeting our fundamental responsibilities to one another.

Actions speak louder than editorials. And, unfortunately, for the last two years Mr. Obama’s actions have put the lie to his words here.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Obama Promises Review Of Regulations”

  1. proreason says:

    by the summer of 2012, Obamy will be wearing a tri-cornered hat for his public appearances. The bulge in his pocket will be the handgun he has decided to carry at all time. He will be holding a daily mass in the White House.

    • River0 says:

      This is the greatest challenge we Americans have ever faced: How to preserve, protect, and defend our country when Benedict Arnold is not only in the White House, but is loved by the world as a Messiah. This is a patriot’s worst nightmare; and our Founders would never have believed that such a thing could happen if such a prophecy had been uttered in their lifetime. Only a miracle will save us now, because so many Americans are either complicit in the subjugation of our nation, or they continue to sleep soundly.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    He’s so full of it, his eyes are brown.

  3. xqqme says:

    Doing an end run to stop the campaign to Defund and Defang the Totalitarian Alphabet agencies.

    inquiry instantly becomes an attack on obama since he’s made such a promise in the wsj no less.

  4. P. Aaron says:

    This is more ‘boob-bait’ for the Bubba’s.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    It must be so frustrating for him to have to espouse the merits of Americanism over his own Allah-Blessed brilliance. It’s never more laughably easy to tell when Bam is lying than when he says something true. As the night follows the day follows the night, when Barack is forced to acknowledge any truth in our beliefs publicly, it’s because he’s using ours to still advance his. He’s cuckoo for voodoo.

  6. GetBackJack says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPADFNKDhGM Mr. President? Let’s begin here.

    ( crickets)

  7. canary says:

    Can someone explain to me what he meant by his Saccharine not be a dangerous. Scientists have revamped that sugar-less products effect the nervous system and cancer.

    My worry is with Michelle Obama’s apparent eating disorder of being obsessed with food and dieting; her obsession over her garden (getting her secret fertilizer in the mail from who knows where)
    to the point of her ACT being passed before Christmas that the

    Dept of Agriculture now over sees “every ingredient” that goes into school food. (on a personal note I’m very allergic to sugar-free drinks and foods, and for that reason and studies I don’t like to see anyone that intakes it, and never let my children, and telling my dad to stop. It can cause symptoms that are dangerous for old people.
    (Good grief, I’d think Michelle would focus on drug-free children. After all, that powder sure damaged some chips in Obama’s brain back growing up in Hawaii, and afterwords)

    ” For instance, the FDA has long considered saccharin, the artificial sweetener, safe for people to consume. Yet for years, the EPA made companies treat saccharin like other dangerous chemicals. Well, if it goes in your coffee, it is not hazardous waste. The EPA wisely eliminated this rule last month…”

    ?????What is he saying exactly.
    I’m confused. My son’s school already went to sugar-free soda machines next to real candy machines. And it’s all about the money.

    WARNING I read in a federal source magazine that Obama really does plan to make everyone have a registered e-mail.

    “We’re also getting rid of absurd and unnecessary paperwork requirements that waste time and money.”

    oh goodie. That way the chain businesses that won’t hire my teen son, can just lie and say he’s never been to high school, or his family is on food stamps, so they can get their 40% wages paid by the federal govt. McDonalds even told him to go online to apply for a job. First time this has happened. It will be nice to see if they have the forms like the last chain to try and put in for the tax cuts & 40% wage match. It’s not a big deal at 16, but this is insane for people trying to get any job they can. It snowballs more poverty

  8. Mae says:

    Where to begin!? It’s gotta be pretty difficult to type when your fingers are crossed. What a pile of lying words mixed in with the sloppy thinking and illustrations. Oh, but doesn’t he have a first class mind, though!!

    Thanks, as always, for your comments, Steve. You hit the proverbial nail.

  9. wardmama4 says:

    I suggest that Obama start with and end with Obamacare oops my bad, the Affordable (by who) Health Care (not likely if you are over 50) Choices (yeah, dictated and forced ‘choices’) Act – it is the most un-Constitutional piece of regulatory bs passed in the past 234 years.

    Man, all I can say – is given the bs that has happened since the 112th Congress has been sworn in – Dear Reader must be terrified.

  10. canary says:

    Obama’s upcoming SustainUs UN based action session in New York City explains a lot.
    People running this country don’t want us to know that UN’s Agenda 21 is alive and in effect.


    “SUSTAIN 10 Years 2001-2010 SustainUs .Sustain U.S.”
    Our Agents of Change program brings delegations of U.S.-based youth to conferences and summits related to international policy, primarily at the UNITED NATIONS . Our delegates work with government delegates, fellow civil society members, and other youth to promote youth-friendly and future-focused policies related to sustainable development and climate change. Follow the links below to learn more about our involvement:

    UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
    UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)
    UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD)

    For more general information, please see the Agents of Change flyer, the Agents of Change FAQ, or contact Agents of Change Coordinators Valida Prentice and Julia Wong.

    Apply now for their “49th Session”

    SustainUS Agents of Change (AoC) is now accepting applications to join the SustainUS youth delegation to the 49th Session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development (CSocD-49), which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from February 9 – 18, 2011. CSD-49 is a review session and addresses the topic of Poverty Eradication.

    Under subtitle new partnerships

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chinese-U.S. Youth Call for ‘Shared Future’ With Climate Solutions Exchange
    Cancun, MX (11-30-10) – Chinese and U.S. young people today will hold the first in a series of collaborative events to promote mutual understanding between their two cultures during the United Nations climate talks in Cancun. Download the press release:

    Support the SustainUS Delegation to the UN Convention on Biodiversity!

    UPDATE: CBD Policy Advisor Emma Mullaney will deliver the Youth Opening Statement at CBD COP10 (with Japan Eco League’s Hirotaka Matsui)

    Engaging in International Negotiations: A Youth Guide (focus on climate negotiations)

    Social Development
    SustainUS Engagement at the United Nations Commission for Social Development
    Women and Gender
    SustainUS Engagement at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
    Sustainable Development
    SustainUS Engagement at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development
    Climate Negotiations Training Package
    SustainUS Policy Documents and UN Submissions

    lot’s of this type fear mongering

    Justice delayed is justice denied. 1.5°C NOW for the survival of all nations and all people. http://reut.rs/dWUesn

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