Skip to comments.Politically damaging regulations held until after election
Posted on 08/01/2012 6:53:09 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
By Rebekah Rast Call it an election strategy. President Obama is sitting on numerous regulations, coming from the Environmental Protect Agency (EPA), Agriculture Department and even those concerning worker safety that will likely have to wait for approval until after the elections.
While its common to back off from pursuing controversial legislation or regulations during an election year, it creates a troubling outlook of what we can expect if President Obama wins a second term.
The Washington Post lists some of these idling regulations as cracking down on junk food at school bake sales, another banning children from dangerous work on farms and one setting federal standards for disposing toxic ash from coal-fired power plants.
A particularly harmful regulation specific to Florida, which happens to be an important state in this upcoming election, would require water in the states drainage canals to match the same EPA standards as its rivers and streams.
In a joint press release with Americans for Limited Government, Free Market America Executive Director Ryan Houck said postponing this outrageous Florida EPA regulation doesnt make it any better.
Postponing a bad idea does not qualify as a solution, he said. The EPAs nutrient rules for Florida would require that the water in roadside drainage canals match the same standards as pristine rivers and streams. These nonsensical regulations will be as scientifically baseless and as economically devastating next year as they would be this year.
Fighting against this EPA regulation, Free Market America noted that this, so-called Water Tax will cost Floridas farmers, taxpayers, businesses and consumers billions each year.
Houck continued, The Administration should do the right thing and scrap their proposed federal regulations before they leave Florida with fewer farming jobs and higher utility bills.
The Administration should consider taking this advice and applying to more than just this EPA Florida regulation.
From a campaign standpoint, does postponing these regulations help President Obama? Why would voters, especially in key states like Florida, be supportive of this Administration knowing what kind of government regulations are headed their way come January?
Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson said that, by delaying these regulations the Obama team is pointing out how harsh their election will be.
They think they are not poking the hornets nest before the election but in reality they are telling all voters in the affected states re-elect Obama and this is the nasty, abusive rules that will be imposed on you.
Houck points out that since 1960, federal spending on environmental regulations has skyrocketed. The cost of environmental regulation exceeds 281 billion each year and costs the average small business owner more than $4,000 per worker. Thats more than four times greater than the average large business, he said.
Whether President Obama sits on these regulations for another few months or if he approves them now, they are nothing more than a dagger to the heart of the U.S. economy.
ALGs Wilson concluded, Obama is holding off on these regulations now because he knows the devastating effect they will have, and he doesnt want to bear the political fallout.
A federal regulation on BAKE SALES???
Nanny State PING!
Hussein is appealing to those who one way or another, don’t pay taxes anyway, so more regulations requiring more taxation are no skin off their azzes. Since they are the recipients of the tax money, they probably would welcome them-more “entitlements” for them, and the glee of sticking it some more to the producers of their largesse
In November, we must gut our government of the Fascists masquerading as Democrats!
I hate those spineless jellyfish almost as much as their rat buddies!
Somebody needs to tell these folks to just FOAD.
Sadly, I can’t say I’m 100% confident that Romney, if elected, would automatically kibosh all this stuff.
Even if bake sales were dangerous, the feds lack jurisdiction. Banning dangerous bake sales would fall to the states.
The frightening thing about the Food Stamp President is that if he loses, he and his lackeys will work overtime before the new president is sworn in to destroy as much as possible. He will become dangerously unhinged by the slap in the face of a loss and will do every thing in his power to either retain control of power through a fake emergency or will lay waste to the nation as best he can.
Thanks for the ping!
As opposed to Barack Hussein Obama who is 100% certain to pass all of this stuff?
You don't play the horses, do you?
Bump! This is something I’m very concerned about. Remember all the crap the RATS put down after the 2010 election? They knew their days were numbered and did their best to destroy and wreck things.
When nobama loses in Nov, what happened in 2010 will be a walk in the park. I suspect he and his thugs and goons are already planning a “big time in the old town tonight”. I think his internal polls show him losing and he’s preping for a mighty last hurray. The EOs will be flying fast and hard.
Agenda 21 bump
No, I know. It’s just depressing to have a choice between a guy you KNOW is going to do everything he can to screw you and a guy you’re pretty sure is.
And Romney and Congressional pubbies will be too sackless to just say "We assume any law or EO passed between election day and inauguration day is politically motivated; therefore they are ALL hereby repealed. We will be reviewing them one at a time in case something worthwhile accidentally slipped through and those, if any, will be reenacted or re-ordered." Why do we never get THOSE Republicans?
BTW, remind me again why we have lame duck sessions? People with real wealth-PRODUCING jobs get walked off the premises with their personal stuff in a box after being fired (or even LAID OFF for God's sake) why on earth would we let presumed criminals like politicians run amok for months after being fired, and still be expected to treat their waste products as the law of the land?
I agree with your sentiment. But there has to be an orderly transition. We can't be presidentless from early November to Jan 20.
Yeah, I’ve thought about that too. I don’t think it’s a problem with Congress, which frequently leaves town for weeks at a time. Swear the new ones in in December instead of January if you want. But there’s always a President, even when he’s on vacation, so that’s a little more thorny. Maybe no EO’s after election day, or new ones require Congressional approval (with the new term Congress). I believe there already is a Congressional approval procedure for EO’s, but you never hear about it. Either they’re approving them in bulk once a year with no debate, or it’s only a veto power; if they don’t do anything it’s assumed to be valid.
I miss her a great deal.