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  • Here's a Good Start, Mr. President: 20 Burdensome Regulations

    While there is much in today’s address by President Obama to the US Chamber of Commerce to unpack, one issue that deserves response were his remarks about addressing unnecessary regulation. The President again promoted his government-wide search for “outdated and unnecessary regulations,” stating that “if there are rules on the books that are needlessly stifling job creation and economic growth, we will fix them.” But as Heritage’s regulatory expert James Gattuso explained last month, while those are encouraging words, it seems likely there isn’t much substance behind them:

    Rather than require agencies to identify harmful regulations during the next 120 days, or even to eliminate unwarranted rules, the order [on reviewing federal regulations] merely requires agencies to submit a “preliminary plan” for reviewing regulations sometime in the future, with the goal of making their regulatory program either less burdensome or “more effective.” And despite promises of transparency elsewhere in the order, the results of any regulatory reviews conducted are required to be released online only “whenever possible.”

    But regardless of how real the President’s initiative is, this remains an important issue and one that deserves real action. If the President wants to find areas where regulation is posing a serious threat, there are no shortage of places to look. Recently, Heritage released a list of the top 20 burdensome regulations that should be immediately eliminated in addition to our annual Red Tape Rising Report, which this year identified 43 new major regulations. From credit card fees to the war on the lightbulb, these reports would excellent resources for an Administration serious about regulatory reform.

    In short, the President faces a choice: he can either continue to talk about tackling regulation or he can actually take concerete steps to free Americans from unnecessary regulations which hamper economic growth.

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    12 Responses to Here's a Good Start, Mr. President: 20 Burdensome Regulations

    1. Charles Kyriacou says:

      As usual he's all talk. It's funny how he tries to sound like a conservative but he's actions are still liberal. Myself, if I truly believe my ideas are best, I sound like myself and not try to be someone else. I guess the president does know his ideas are not popular or good for the country, so he tries to sound like a conservative. The only way he wins re-election is if he fixes the election, which i wouldn't put past him. I know the norm is, don't trust a politician. But this guy takes the cake. During his address two weeks ago he had the audacity to tell us he won't sign any bills with pork in them and also mentioned he will place all up coming bills to be voted on onto the internet for us to read. Didn't he say these things in 2008 when he ran for president? I guess his thinking is, if I can fool the people once I can fool them twice.

    2. Jeff says:

      How about the President convene a truely bipartisan commission that solicits input for actual businesses about regulations that they know are hampering growth. Then it should be up to the various departments to defend those regualtions and if they fail to do so the regs are removed. Could be done in 180 days and we would see if he is serious about this.

      In the end this will become a milstone around his neck when in 2012 his opponent can list the regs that have been eliminated vs the new regs that have been implemented. I'm certain which list will be much, much longer.

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    4. Bobbie says:

      Instead of looking business owners in the face and lecturing them on hiring, how about getting out of private business so they can afford to hire. You;re burdensome regulations are the problem, Mr. Obama. Be a man who can rationalize and reason. Take accountability.

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    6. Dennis Georgia says:

      All talk and no action??? Talk, smoke and mirrows are all obama and claan know. The EPA is all about regulations, never mind the reasults to citizens, the czars are all about doing the biding of obama. I have never seen anything that the "guvment" had a finger in that resulted in the proper end, it is always screwed up in one way or another. Vote in mass in 2012!

    7. Perry, OK says:

      How can you know how it is to run a business? The true measure of a mans inteligence is how well he agrees with you! Sorry OB your still in charge but going no where fast. Take another vacation and think it over!

    8. Jill, California says:

      Sure he'll fix burdensome regulations … just like he'll look at the budget line by line and slash wasteful spending. More regulations here we come.

    9. Redfray, Pea Ridge, says:

      The best ideal I can think of for fixing burdensome regulations is the "sun set" law. Of course, we could never get Washington D.C. to pass such a law, it would make removing stupid laws easier.

    10. Dave, Chowchilla says:

      20 burdensome regulations? Yeah lets lose them so we can have economic meltdown and bail the big banks out again. Deja vous all over again.

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    12. sanityplease says:

      I would just like one of you to name a "burdensome regulation" that wasn't put in place for a very good reason…please (infield fly rule doesn't count.

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