The Regulatory Red Tape About To Strangle America

The bad news of 2009 and 2010 was that the Obama administration and a “progressive” Congress offered little progress on jobs or the economy. Rather, they focused on forcing through ill-advised and costly legislation such as government intrusion into healthcare, bailouts, executive orders pushing union-only labor on construction projects, and more.

The worse news for 2011: The “change” is going to be harder to spot because the administration is reportedly shifting gears to awaken a vast regulatory giant. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, “the best arena for Obama to execute his plans may be his own branch of government. That means more executive orders, more use of the bully pulpit, and more deployment of his ample regulatory powers and the wide-ranging rulemaking authority of his Cabinet members.”

The paper cites regulation covering: greenhouse gases (which would make it more expensive to make virtually anything in America), “hundreds of new rules required by the recently enacted financial overhaul,” further intervention into mortgages, and more.

Those who own businesses and watch the news keenly know those are just the tip of the iceberg. Other threats include an OSHA that appears to distrust employers, an NLRB that seems to forget employees have the right to not join a union, a “Department of Commerce” that is threatening a trade war with China to satisfy union protectionist-tariff demands … all on top of massive tax hikes.

If there ever were a time to Halt The Assault on free enterprise it would be now. More specifically, it would be November 2 at the ballot box.

This entry was posted in Healthcare, Intrusive Government, Jobs in America, Project Labor Agreements

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