Newsflash: President Obama has discovered that government mandates hurt job creation.
Now, the Regulator-in-Chief has launched a systemic review of federal regulations to hunt down and slay — er, shall I say “mitigate” instead? — all those economy-damaging bureaucratic rules:
From child labor laws to the Clean Air Act to our most recent strictures against hidden fees and penalties by credit card companies, we have, from time to time, embraced common sense rules of the road that strengthen our country without unduly interfering with the pursuit of progress and the growth of our economy.
…Over the past two years, the goal of my administration has been to strike the right balance. And today, I am signing an executive order that makes clear that this is the operating principle of our government.
This order requires that federal agencies ensure that regulations protect our safety, health and environment while promoting economic growth. And it orders a government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive. It’s a review that will help bring order to regulations that have become a patchwork of overlapping rules, the result of tinkering by administrations and legislators of both parties and the influence of special interests in Washington over decades.
While the Sherlock Homes of 1600 Pennsylvania sleuths around in search of “the right balance” that they’ve skewed catastrophically over the last two years, the mother of all job creation-stifling regulations — Obamacare — awaits repeal.
“Balance” my you-know-what:
Debate on H.R. 2, the Obamacare repeal bill, began today on Capitol Hill. The latest on tomorrow’s repeal vote via The Hill:
When Democrats ran the House, the GOP made aggressive use of the last-chance motions to stymie the majority, repeatedly inserting language related to pornography and other politically delicate subjects that forced Democrats either to pull legislation from the floor or to take risky votes. Democrats complained loudly about the tactics, accusing Republicans of offering irrelevant poison-pill amendments and “playing political games” with serious and occasionally bipartisan legislation.
The question is: Now that the party roles are reversed, will Democrats do the same?
Democrats have not telegraphed what motion they will offer on the healthcare repeal — the element of surprise is a key facet of floor strategy in the minority, and aides to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) would not discuss the party’s plans. But the procedural maneuvers party leaders employed during the first votes of the 112th Congress signal that Democrats plan to follow the GOP’s strategy in style if not in substance.
Libs are pushing back against the job-killing impact of Obamacare.
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