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Harry Reid: Regulations Don't Hurt Economy
Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2011 | Bob Beauprez

Posted on 11/17/2011 7:01:51 AM PST by Kaslin

You have to wonder which hole in the sand Harry Reid has his head buried in.  Yesterday, in comments on the floor of the Senate, the Democrat Leader said the following:

"While it's proper to guard against and remove onerous regulations, and we need to do that, my Republican friends have yet to produce a single shred of evidence that the regulations they hate so much do the broad economic harms they claim.  That's because there aren't any."

Reid's denial is in large part his poor explanation for denying the Senate even one vote on any of the "Forgotten Fifteen" regulation relief bills that have been passed by the GOP House.  Reid's ludicrous statement is also consistent with Cass Sunstein, the Regulation Czar for the Obama Administration.  When asked about all the new rules and regulations being promulgated by the Administration Sunstein said, "There has been no increase in rule making in this Administration." 

As reported on these pages previously, however, the total employment at the conglomeration of federal agencies responsible for enforcing compliance with the myriad of laws now exceeds 281,000 people.  That's an increase of 13 percent already during the Obama Administration at a time when 27 million Americans find themselves unemployed, under-employed, or have completely given up even trying to find work.  The budgets at these same agencies have increased 16 percent during the same period to over $54 billion.

With the expanded staffs, the agencies have ramped up new regulations at a frightening pace, too. The Federal Register, already about 80,000 pages, where all the regulation is posted increased 18 percent in 2010 alone, and 4,200 new rules or revisions are in the pipeline.  According to an Investor's Business Daily report that staggering total doesn't include the impending clean air rules from the EPA, new derivative rules, the FCC's net neutrality rules, the recently announced CAFE fuel mandates, or the eventual plethora of new regulation mandated by ObamaCare and the Dodd-Frank legislation. 

Even prior to the Obama Administration's onslaught of new rules and regulations, the Small Business Administration estimated that federal regulation imposed a $1.75 trillion annual cost burden on the economy.  Further, according to the Heritage Foundation the 75 new major rules put in place in just the first 26 months of the Obama Administration added $40 billion more in expense to American businesses. 

We really don't think Reid is naïve enough to believe that ever increasing amounts of regulation have no adverse consequences to the economy.  That leaves only willful denial or an outright willingness to lie as the only other possible explanations for his contention. 

We'll let you pick which it might be.  


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: clueless; communism; congress; crushfedgov; democrateconomy; democrats; donothingsenate; economy; fascism; fedgov; fedzilla; govtabuse; harryreid; liberalfascism; lping; marxism; regulations; reid; socialistdemocrats; tyranny

1 posted on 11/17/2011 7:01:53 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The only people more deranged than Dingy Harry are the idiots who voted for him. Must be something in the water in Nevada


2 posted on 11/17/2011 7:03:38 AM PST by clamper1797 (Hoping to have some change left)
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To: Kaslin

Harry should try to make a buck harvesting timber in CA.
Or perhaps owning a mining claim.


3 posted on 11/17/2011 7:05:29 AM PST by sasquatch
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To: Kaslin
Keep in mind this is the same numb nuts who said federal income taxes are voluntary:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7mRSI8yWwg

4 posted on 11/17/2011 7:06:29 AM PST by econjack
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To: Kaslin

At some point, you just have to ignore any new “regulations” and damn the consequences.


5 posted on 11/17/2011 7:06:37 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Kaslin

And Harry Reid, is *not* a documented big fat forked tongue liar!..../Sarc


6 posted on 11/17/2011 7:07:46 AM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi)
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To: econjack
Keep in mind this is the same numb nuts who said federal income taxes are voluntary

Well, in Harry's defense, they are for congress-critters it seems.

7 posted on 11/17/2011 7:10:37 AM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: Kaslin

Republican friends... F him.


8 posted on 11/17/2011 7:11:30 AM PST by b4its2late (Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former.)
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To: clamper1797
Must be something in the water in Nevada

It's a desert.

9 posted on 11/17/2011 7:13:11 AM PST by ptsal
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To: Kaslin
If you post a photo of Harry Reid and an ostrich side by side, it is hard to tell the difference. Same long neck. Same clueless look on their faces.

If you look close enough, however, the ostrich looks kind of cute and has feathers.

10 posted on 11/17/2011 7:13:30 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Kaslin
"Regulations don't hurt economy."

Spewing BS doesn't make you look stupid.

11 posted on 11/17/2011 7:14:49 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Kaslin

UGH!!! All one has to know about corruption is the fact that this asshat is STILL in Washington.


12 posted on 11/17/2011 7:14:58 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: Kaslin

Harry don’t know nothin’ ‘bout basic economics


13 posted on 11/17/2011 7:16:52 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Kaslin

Harry has his head in a hole, but it aint in the sand.


14 posted on 11/17/2011 7:25:25 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: econjack
He is also the lunatic who said private jobs are not in danger, government jobs are.

Harry Reid: "Private Sector Jobs Are Doing Just Fine"

15 posted on 11/17/2011 7:36:11 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: ptsal

This has to be the end for this clown and the others of his ilk. It is like saying a baseball bat to the ribs don’t hurt the ribs.


16 posted on 11/17/2011 7:38:00 AM PST by Busko
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To: Kaslin

I guess he hasn’t been paying attention to the Keystone Pipeline project, or offshore oil drilling in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, or much else that isn’t a government job.


17 posted on 11/17/2011 7:38:07 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Kaslin

Sometimes I think Reid is just doing deadpan stand-up comedy, kind of like Steven Wright.


18 posted on 11/17/2011 7:43:42 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: All

The idiots that voted for Reid, Pelosi, and Obama deserve them............


19 posted on 11/17/2011 7:44:53 AM PST by Boonie
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To: Kaslin

Go ahead, Democrats. Go out and try to make that case.


20 posted on 11/17/2011 7:47:54 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

“...my Republican friends have yet to produce a single shred of evidence that the regulations they hate so much do the broad economic harms they claim. That’s because there aren’t any.”

Harry!...Keep your mental disorder to yourself!!!


21 posted on 11/17/2011 8:20:42 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: clamper1797
Harry Roid continues to make the case for his censure, impeachment, removal and placement in a "facility". Yo go, Harry, you GO!
Earth to Nevada, come in Nevada…
22 posted on 11/17/2011 8:42:46 AM PST by bksanders (Spewing Forth Vitriol at the Speed of Spit)
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To: Kaslin
Reid's denial is in large part his poor explanation for denying the Senate even one vote on any of the "Forgotten Fifteen" regulation relief bills that have been passed by the GOP House.

ONE MAN FILLIBUSTER

23 posted on 11/17/2011 9:36:00 AM PST by SteamShovel (Smart Grid is Stupid)
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To: Kaslin

Reid must have just read Monday’s WaPo front page.


24 posted on 11/17/2011 9:59:42 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Kaslin

Harry, what harms America the most is the air you take in each time you breath!


25 posted on 11/17/2011 8:14:01 PM PST by ImpBill ("America, where are you now?" - Little "r" republican!)
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To: ImpBill

Wasn’t there a time in this country when people who made the kind of pronouncements Reid and Pelousy make, would be laughed off the stage and not be in leadership positions?


26 posted on 11/17/2011 8:19:32 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Kaslin

Harry, only you can save America. Don’t exhale.


27 posted on 11/17/2011 8:20:13 PM PST by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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Separated at birth?

28 posted on 11/18/2011 11:18:45 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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