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Is this the flip or the flop? O plans to cut regulations

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration disclosed plans Tuesday to cut or roll back hundreds of federal regulations, including some that will streamline tax forms at the Internal Revenue Service, let railroad companies pass on installing expensive new technology, and speed up the visa process for low-risk visitors to the U.S.

The administration said the regulations will save businesses up to $10 billion over the next five years and spur job growth in the private sector.

The move, announced while President Barack Obama was on vacation in Martha's Vineyard, was the latest White House gesture to reach out to a business community that has often felt alienated from the administration.

The move was criticized by some as too little, too late.

"The administration's findings and determinations, on their own, are a worthy effort at making technical changes to the regulatory process, but the results of this look-back will not have a material impact on the real regulatory burdens facing businesses today," said Bill Kovacs, senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Administration officials said the plans unveiled Tuesday include 500 regulatory reforms, including more than 100 from the Department of Transportation and more than 70 from the Department of Health and Human Services. Once the reforms are fully implemented, the administration estimates businesses will save about $10 billion over five years.

Cass Sunstein, head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, said the savings for businesses will give the private sector an opportunity to create new jobs. But Sunstein said he had no estimates on how much help the regulatory reforms would provide.

Many of the regulatory reforms are designed to help small businesses, the administration said. Those include accelerating payments to as many as 60,000 small businesses that have contracts with the Department of Defense, and requiring the Small Business Administration to adopt a single electronic application in order to reduce paperwork burdens.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said the administration's announcement was "underwhelming." And the Chamber of Commerce said real regulatory reform should include permit streamlining and reforms that would make it easier for businesses to get environmental clearance to start projects.

Obama called for federal agencies to scrutinize their existing regulations after his party suffered sweeping losses in the 2010 elections. The president acknowledged at the time that his relationship with the business community had soured, and he vowed to scrap "dumb" rules that were hindering private sector growth.

Sunstein said the reforms would not impact regulations needed to protect consumers and the environment, including rules used by the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure safe air travel and by the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to protect food safety.

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Associated Press reporter Mark S. Smith in Vineyard Haven, Mass. contributed to this report.

http://www.gopusa.com/news/2011/08/23/administration-plans-changes-to-hundreds-of-rules/?subscriber=1

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Anything that Cass Sustein has anything to do with is not something I would trust. He and his wife who also works in the administration are so far to the left it’s pathetic.

This is nothing more in my opinion than a political strategy to try and convince people (votes) that he’s doing something productive.

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I certainly don’t see any need to speed up the visa process for low-risk visitors to the U.S…. That would obviously open the door to more danger from terrorist not being properly identified and stopped. I imagine this will be worded in a way to further his backdoor amnesty plans….As for the “many” of the regulatory reforms, supposedly designed to help small businesses cut back on unnessasary rules and paperwork…Its my thought the only regulation he’d really like to do away with, that more and more States and businesses are adopting, is the E-Verify hiring regulation! This whole thing is just going to be another one of those things ” that Congress will have to “Vote for it so they’ll be able to read it”!…Could do as much damage as his great “Health Care” legislation…Much to Vague for me
 

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The administration said the regulations will save businesses up to $10 billion over the next five years and spur job growth in the private sector.


You mean regulations can cost businesses that much? He'll have a hard time claiming regulations don't from now on. :wink:
 

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Notice how some of the regulations that are actually mentioned are the ones on the railway. Could this be a way of speeding up the building of the High Speed rail that he funded through the Stimulus and was really not needed. Is he going to make his not so shovel ready projects a bit more shovel ready whether anyone wants them or not? :?

And I'm with you on the visas this is not a good plan when people are looking for ways to get into the US to reek their havic on innocent people. :roll: It is a great way to fill ACORN's voting lists before the 2012 election though.
 

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notice how some of the regulations that are actually mentioned are the ones on the railway.

or it is a simple case of political payback,..

lets see who comes to mind.. who recently made a huge deal asking for taxes to be raised.. and who happens to have a railroad or two?

as for cutting regulations.. it is about as sincere as lowering spending..

first he piles on record new regulations.. then offers to cut a few...

first he piles on record new spending,.. then offers to cut a few..

sounds like the same broken record.. is there an election soon?
 

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Obama called for federal agencies to scrutinize their existing regulations after his party suffered sweeping losses in the 2010 elections. The president acknowledged at the time that his relationship with the business community had soured, and he vowed to scrap "dumb" rules that were hindering private sector growth.

Sunstein said the reforms would not impact regulations needed to protect consumers and the environment, including rules used by the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure safe air travel and by the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to protect food safety.

so what regulations are they going to cut.. some old outdated ones..

like not requiring a layer of asbestos on the electric cords of irons?

or eliminating the need for lead seals in water main valves..


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