We’re fracked

Oh Lord, this ought to be good: “Washingtong is Eliminating Red Tape, by Cass Sunstein. Like a moth to a flame, I can’t resist this shit.

Last May, agencies released over two dozen preliminary plans, identifying reforms that will save billions of dollars. At the same time, agencies asked the public to evaluate the preliminary plans, identify new reforms, and participate in creating a 21st-century regulatory system that protects public health and safety while also promoting economic growth and job creation.

Today I can announce that agencies are releasing their final plans, including hundreds of initiatives that will reduce costs, simplify the system, and eliminate redundancy and inconsistency.

Oh goody. Let’s look at the list

• The Department of Health and Human Services will soon propose to remove unnecessary regulatory and reporting requirements now imposed on hospitals and other health-care providers, potentially saving $4 billion over the next five years.

• The Department of Labor is finalizing a rule to simplify and improve hazard warnings for workers, likely saving employers more than $2.5 billion over the next five years without compromising safety.

• The Department of Transportation is proposing a rule that will eliminate unnecessary regulation of the railroad industry, saving a total of $340 million or more.

• The Environmental Protection Agency will soon propose a rule to reduce burdens on hazardous-waste generators by moving from paper-based to electronic reporting, saving up to $126 million annually.

By the end of this year, the Internal Revenue Service will eliminate 55 million hours in annual paperwork burdens by consolidating reporting requirements and streamlining various tax forms.

Did you guys just feel the earth move? Me neither. These tools have been working on this for MONTHS, and this is all they have to show for it? A few promises of minor reforms?

And then there’s this – in the SAME PIECE:

Just this month, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a historic rule to reduce fuel costs and air pollution from heavy-duty trucks, thus promoting energy security and public health while saving American businesses up to $50 billion in fuel costs. The Federal Aviation Administration continues to take steps to ensure that air travel is safe. The Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration work every day to protect Americans from unsafe food.

Promises of minor regulatory tweeks, and then heaps on new, and more onerous ones. Let’s not forget what the Obama administration is doing with Boeing.

In April, the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Boeing, accusing it of opening the South Carolina plant to retaliate against the union, which has a history of striking at contract time. The N.L.R.B.’s proposed solution, believe it or not, is to move all the Dreamliner production back to Puget Sound, leaving those 5,000 workers in South Carolina twiddling their thumbs.

Seriously, when has a government agency ever tried to dictate where a company makes its products? I can’t ever remember it happening.

When Obama makes the appointments to the NLRB, that’s when. And, with Obama’s NLRB, they can even ignore Senate subpoenas.

Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a subpoena compelling the NLRB to produce documents the committee had requested in May. The documents relate to NLRB actions against aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

The comments from that last piece frighten me.

The Obama administration is doing nothing to help businesses. Nada. Zilch.

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2 Comments on “We’re fracked”

  1. Jay in Ames Says:

    Simple reforms. Yeah, they probably put all those wasteful regulations in place themselves, especially the health care ones. Pump up the cost, then go back in and repeal SOME of them, saving money(?)!!!

    Oh, and PROFIT!

  2. Svenster Says:

    How many new rules does one need to issue in order to simplify the old rules?

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