Regulation

Obama Administration Promises to Review All Federal Regulations Except The Really Significant Ones It Just Enacted

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And now I've got TAPE. ALL. OVER. MY FACE.

President Obama apparently thinks it's time to streamline the nation's mesh of mixed up rules and regulations in order to help kick the economy into gear. And so, as The Washington Post put it, he ordered a "systematic review of existing regulations, a concerted effort to banish red tape at a time when the administration is eager to promote economic growth and to repair its fractured relations with the business community."

What about the major regulatory overhauls put in place by his administration? They've certainly been the focus of a lot of criticism, and they've been big factors in spurring concern about the impact of regulations on the economy. Surely they'll factor into the review, right?  

Yeah, well, according to the administration, not so much:

President Barack Obama's government-wide review of federal regulations will have little effect on two of the president's major regulatory victories: an overhaul of Wall Street and the health-care market, according to a White House budget official.

The review focuses on old, outdated regulations so new ones written as part of the health-care and financial overhaul likely won't be affected, an official at the White House Office of Management and Budget said. Mr. Obama wants agencies to take a fresh look at old regulations to determine whether they are outdated or unnecessary. "New regulations will not be priorities for the lookback," the official said.

No, I suppose not.

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  1. I put a pencil through my eye this morning when I heard about this ridiculous “outreach” program to businesses.

    Good thing I got “free” healthcare now.

  2. So now that we’ve added a few extra tons of lead to our beast of burden’s back, it’s time to remove some of those older pieces of straw. Nice.

  3. Fed to ease restrictions on buggy whip industry, corset regulations, and telegraph poles.

    1. I would counsel the Fed to keep the telegraph pole regs in place.

  4. Our Beloved President cannot be bothered with foolish expectations. Here He is, remaking the economy in His image and, having just completed His labors, is expected by prolateriots to suddenly change His thinking in order to be in alignment with general housekeeping rules! I have never heard anything so ridiculous!!

    1. illiterate proletariat schwein – report to FEMA re-education camp!

  5. The review focuses on old, outdated regulations so THAT new ones written as part of the health-care and financial overhaul likely won’t be affected

    FTFY

  6. repair its fractured relations with the business community.

    “I was joking!

    “Don’t you people know a JOKE when you hear one?!?!?”

  7. We got any audio of Obama buying pants?

    1. He orders them from his home state of Indonesia.

  8. This is kind of like the TSA saying they are going to ease restrictions, such as allowing you to bring plastic forks on an airplane again.

    1. Would you rather they not?

      1. We sure as fuck shouldn’t be grateful because they ‘loosened’ a rule that never put anyone in danger to begin with.

        1. But isn’t that in itself a good reason to loosen it?

          1. If I come in your house and break your lamp, but I manage to glue it back together, aren’t you still going to be kind of peeved that I broke it in the first place?

            1. Yes, but I’d still be glad you glued it back together.

    2. TSA = Too Stupid for Arby’s.

      1. Taint-Searching Assholes

  9. It’ll turn out like Clinton’s middle class tax cut. The hardest 2 weeks of work in his life. Then it turned out he couldn’t find any taxes to cut.

    1. Ah, the memories… thanks Mr. X, for recalling those halcyon days of old. I can still remember that look on his face, that biting of the lower lip, when he told us how hard he had worked in his quest for the promised middle class tax relief. But he just couldn’t do it.

      I like to think that little speech added a few thousand people to the “libertarian” rolls.

      Good times. Anyone else recently find themselves with an inexpressible longing for the sunny days of Clinton?

  10. Mr. Obama wants agencies to take a fresh look at old regulations to determine whether they are outdated or unnecessary.

    Translation: Only repeal regulations that are not enforced.

    1. Please. You never know when you might need a regulation from WWII regulating washing machine production quotas to crush some uppity company who won’t kowtow to the green lobby. Or who presents a threat to your good friends and donors at GE. GE gets a waiver because they were already subject to it in WWII, the new guy gets the shaft.

      1. ME, bitches!

  11. How about just abolishing any regs enacted before, say, January 1, 2011?

  12. Seriously, wouldn’t it be silly for any admin. to review the same regs it just put in? If it’s the same people and it was just done recently, then, what, like they’d’ve changed their minds?

    1. I would think the CPSIA regulations need to be reviewed, and they could and might be now that Waxman is no longer in charge of that committee.

  13. I’ll believe it when I see it happen, but the change in tone is a lot better than it used to be.

    It’s certainly better than the Wall Street witch hunts that preceded this!

  14. So, in addition to the new regulations put in place with which no one knows for certain how to be compliant, we get the added uncertainty of which current regulations will be around and for how long.

    It’s almost as though this whole thing was designed to give attorneys more business.

    1. It’s almost as though this whole thing was designed to give attorneys more business.

      Almost?

      Isn’t that the purpose of all legislation and regulation?

      To be so indecipherable as to require the services of someone who demands hundreds of dollars per hour?

      This is what happens when we elect lawyers to political office.

      1. To be so indecipherable as to require the services of someone who demands hundreds of dollars per hour?

        I tried to get ’em to write in plain language, but NOOO!!

      2. You know what Shakespeare said about lawyers?

        1. Kill ’em All!

  15. President Barack Obama’s government-wide review of federal regulations will have little effect on two of the president’s major regulatory victories: an overhaul of Wall Street and the health-care market, according to a White House budget official.

    Something like trimming the small backhairs of the razorback…

    http://www.musingcontinuum.com…..orback.jpg

    1. You SugarFreed the fucking link.

      1. No he didn’t…

      2. No he didn’t…

  16. They can’t review the most recent regulations, because they haven’t even been written yet. Elizabeth Warren just makes shit up as she goes along.

  17. It’s almost as though this whole thing was designed to give attorneys more business.

    Son, you have a great future in the Constitutional Scholaring dodge.

  18. Surely they’ll factor into the review, right?

    On what planet would you assume that? They’re not anti-reg, so presumably they think the ones they put in place are useful.

    1. Regulations make me moist.

  19. *whoosh!*

  20. …the 1099 reporting requirement will be rescinded from the health-care bill… right?

    1. That was passed by Congress, so it will take an act of Congress to repeal.

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