Boehner blasts Obama over increase in regulations

posted at 6:15 pm on August 26, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Ed hit on this in his post about Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech in Wyoming earlier today, but the contents of Speaker John Boehner’s letter to President Obama are worth perusing in depth, if you haven’t yet. The White House would have us believe it understands the need to roll back regulations — that it has, in fact, already begun to eliminate hundreds of unnecessary rules. The president purports to understand the ill effects of uncertainty in the regulatory environment. But such conservative rhetoric appears to be a cover-up for an ongoing progressive increase in regulations, an attempt to placate voters who suspect the administration has made it harder rather than easier on small-business owners to grow their business and hire more employees. Boehner’s letter states:

Last year, on August 16, 2010, I wrote to you about my concern that the Administration’s published regulatory agenda included a total of 191 planned new regulations, each of which had an estimated annual cost of $100 million or more, with some involving billions of dollars annually. In my letter, I noted that at public forums, private sector job creators were citing this regulatory agenda as one of the primary impediments to job creation, especially for small businesses. I asked that your Administration identify for Congress all of your planned new rules that would have an estimated economic impact of more than $1 billion. Unfortunately, that requested information was not provided to Congress nor to the American people.

This year the Administration’s current regulatory agenda identified 219 planned new regulations that have estimated annual costs in excess of $100 million each. That’s almost a 15 percent increase over last year, and appears to contradict public suggestions by the Administration this week that the regulatory burden on American job creators is scaled back.

One of those planned new regulations — an EPA rule — will cost our economy as much as $90 billion a year, according to the letter. And keep in mind: That 219 figure just refers to the number of new rules that will have an economic impact of $100 million or more. The administration actually has 4,257 new regulatory actions in the works.

Boehner has asked for the information about the cost of the regulations by the time Congress resumes — that is, by Sept. 6, about the time the president plans to deliver his major jobs speech. At that time, the House will take up consideration of The REINS Act, a piece of legislation that strongly deserves support and that was included in Republicans’ Pledge to America. In a nutshell, REINS ensures the executive branch cannot implement any major regulations — defined as those with an economic impact of $100 million or more — without Congressional approval. That would help to prevent any administration from bypassing Congress to enact a political agenda through regulation, as we have seen this president attempt to do time and again.

(As an aside, it’s easy to blame the executive for grabs at legislative power, but, until Congress commits itself to legislating clearly and concisely and to assuming responsibility for the regulations its laws inspire, the administrative state will naturally continue to grow. The REINS Act is a good first step to that assumption of responsibility. But even more can be done.)

Of course, if Congress passes REINS (unlikely, given the Senate, of course), the president will have to provide the information Boehner has requested. But that the president would respond to Boehner in writing without the legal impetus of REINS passage seems like too much to hope for from a president who seems to have a great aversion to putting anything on paper. The least the president could do is include in his September jobs speech an honest discussion of regulations and why the Administration sees the need to add 219 expensive new rules to the books.

I’m not holding my breath for that, either, though. Instead, I’m keeping lists of what the president likely will and won’t say in September and, so far, they look a little something like this.

Mentions of:

  • A payroll tax cut extension and other revenue raisers
  • A boost to unemployment insurance
  • An infrastructure bank
  • The need for an increase in engineering students
  • The need to put construction workers to work on federal projects
  • Maybe the need for more stimulus?

No mention of:

  • His responsibility for the astronomical growth of government over the past two years
  • Expansion of regulations and general regulatory unpredictability
What am I missing? I know more could be added …
Update: President’s speech to also include strong support for public-private partnerships.

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his labor day speeck will be:
Greeted with oohs and ahhs by the pundits:
“Give em hell Barry”
“Cool Guy, Hot Temper”
It will be vague, a campaign speech, and he will lose.

rob verdi on August 26, 2011 at 6:21 PM

The regulations are choking the economy and job growth. Barry has no clue.

Wade on August 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM

What am I missing? I know more could be added …

It’s GOOD to be the King! Now shut up while I plan my next vacation. Maybe Vermont, or Jackson Hole for skiing!

GarandFan on August 26, 2011 at 6:29 PM

The regulations are choking the economy and job growth. Barry has no clue.

Wade on August 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM

He knows EXACTLY what he’s doing.

The man HATES this country. The wealth needs to be returned to its rightful owners (blacks and union members) and the whites need to suffer for what they’ve done.

fossten on August 26, 2011 at 6:35 PM

All the while the liar OblameO tells the people he is reducing regulations.

I say we take everything that was done by OblameO and just delete it all.

tarpon on August 26, 2011 at 6:36 PM

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| _____________ l||__|__|__|); The Revolution Continues!
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Spathi on August 26, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Biden has already said we need more stimulus. Bet it is a big part of O’s plan, along with investing in infrastructure, education, blah, blah, blah….

publiuspen on August 26, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Boehner blasts Obama over increase in regulations

Boehner writes a letter, does nothing as usual. More theater to trick the bitter clingies.

Improved title:
Boehner Blasts Boehner Over Collaboration with Obama, Resigns From Congress.
“I failed and it’s time we have consequences for that.”

Feedie on August 26, 2011 at 6:41 PM

How about the effort to get more LGTBQ’s in the Federal government? That should help the economy.

Dhuka on August 26, 2011 at 6:42 PM

The regulations are choking the economy and job growth. Barry has no clue.

Wade on August 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM
He knows EXACTLY what he’s doing.

The man HATES this country. The wealth needs to be returned to its rightful owners (blacks and union members) and the whites need to suffer for what they’ve done.

fossten on August 26, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Exactly!!! Every bit of this is done with knowledge of outcome, and with intent, because of the known outcomes.

capejasmine on August 26, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Boehner—–why don’t you have a good cry. That always seems to work.
I used to be a reasonable fellow and still think I am. My patience is real thin when it comes to your bullshit though. You should have been all over the gunwalker and immigration stuff from last week. Not a peep. My butt still hurts from you prior budget deals.
Thx.

arnold ziffel on August 26, 2011 at 6:47 PM

that’s some funny graphix there spathi. ++gotta hand it to ya.

ted c on August 26, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Seems to me Boehner and the House can cut funding for those agencies that are reckless with their regulations. At least until the 2012 elections…

iamsaved on August 26, 2011 at 6:58 PM

The regulations are choking the economy and job growth. Barry has no clue.

Wade on August 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM

He knows what he is doing.
But the next Republican President cannot just stop issuing new regs… The next Republican has got to dismantle all and everything Obaa and his Democrats have done!

The words for 2012 are “Dismantle and repeal!”

JellyToast on August 26, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Good on ya, Boehner.

It is the regulatory nightmare that our federal government has become that is simply strangling our economy.

Butt out, Uncle Sam — especially when it comes to energy production — which fuels everything else in the economy.

hillbillyjim on August 26, 2011 at 7:03 PM

What am I missing? I know more could be added …

1) Shared sacrifice; along with its cousin:
2) Those who have benefited from our society need to give back;
3) Closing the loophole on corporate jets;
4) Diatribe against those “hoarding cash” and keeping their money on the sidelines instead of investing and putting Americans back to work;
5) Putting more money into green jobs to grow out of foreign oil and grow domestic jobs;
6) More money for education so our youth can compete in today’s job market (you kind of hit some of that with the engineering element)

… oh, and, ummm, something about jobs and getting America back to work again. … somehow. … and that he expects Congress to bring a plan to his desk within the next 30 days that do those things.

AZfederalist on August 26, 2011 at 7:03 PM

The logo of the Ru Paul campaign is a garbage truck?

slickwillie2001 on August 26, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Spathi on August 26, 2011 at 6:37 PM

That is the worst ASCII phallus I’ve ever seen.

stefanite on August 26, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Spathi on August 26, 2011 at 6:37 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BoyEHeID8U

Del Dolemonte on August 26, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Lower taxes and pro business is just a given for the next Republican candidate! What I want to know is.. will they sign on to repeals and will they dismantle all that Barry has done!

Any Republican candidate has got to answer that question or they are not worth spit! Just sitting on the suitcase until the next Democrat comes along does not a blasted thing! We have got to go back and tear apart this freaking prison that Obama has been constructing! It is a prison in every sense of the word!

And something else.. the next DOJ needs to put out new memos to local police that libertarians and pro-life people and returning Vets are not terrorists or extremists!

It seems more and more that our local police forces don’t have a clue what basic law is! I’m not big on passing new laws.. but I can think of one that is needed… it should be mandatory that all police across this nation be trained in individual rights! Property rights, speech rights, etc and also.. that it is illegal for an officer to follow and illegal order!
When I was in the military.. we were all trained repeatedly that we could not follow an illegal order! We had the right to say no! Too many police don’t seem to have a freaking clue about basic individual rights! These rights are American rights and cover us all! Therefor.. all police need to be trained to know what freedom of speech is and what property rights are and if they violate either they will be held accountable! They will not be able to go around confiscating phones and cameras or surrounding some innocent man’s home demanding he leave his own property and then say later “We were just following orders!”

If a cop doesn’t know the law.. how the heck do they know if someone is violating the law?

JellyToast on August 26, 2011 at 7:12 PM

wrt to Spathi on August 26, 2011 at 6:37 PM

you guys are so mean. the logo is obviously a circus truck…note the fringe on the bottom…the r. paul circus is coming to a town near you!!!

r keller on August 26, 2011 at 7:14 PM

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| RON PAUL 2012 |||””‘|””\___,
| _____________ l||__|__|__|); The Revolution Continues!
|(@)@)”””””””**|(@)(@)**|(@)

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The War Planner on August 26, 2011 at 7:18 PM

We are seeing only the weak-tea Obama. The real Obama would show up if he wins reelection. That is when we would see the real administrative onslaught.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 26, 2011 at 7:36 PM

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The War Planner on August 26, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Sadly, some would not understand the humor, (or the menace) in this simple string!

massrighty on August 26, 2011 at 7:40 PM

SERIOUSLY BOEHNER…………..do us all a freaking favor and resign already.

You are worthless. Your words mean nothing and when you resign take your your lousy Progressive butt-kissing leadership team with you.

The CASTRATED GOP….

….the legacy of the Progressive nicey-nice Bush family.

PappyD61 on August 26, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Give Boehner a break, for Christ’s sake. He’s going on offense here, as much as one can do when you’ve got a socialist senate and presidency. He’s laying some foundation to get conservative house members re-elected, and maybe adding some new conservative senators as well. The letter he wrote is but a precursor to actions the house will take when reconvened, knowing the proposals will be killed in the senate, but putting everyone on record, which needs to be done.

People here are too often wrapped up in the optics of things. What goes on behind the scenes, for instance the way he walked out on Obama when he, Obama, raised the ante on the debt ceiling deal, should at least be acknowledged.

Is he perfect in his role? Hell, no. I would be a better Speaker, of course, but a major problem here: Not even a house member. My point is that Boehner gets it — he never took a pork project — and is doing his best under the circumstances he has. You want to point your rage toward something, how about Obama?

TXUS on August 26, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Come on Boehner. You know how it works.

They wanted 268 new $100 million regulations so 219 is a major reduction.

That’s way you count things in Washington so stop feigning outrage and go wrk on your tan.

Stephen Macklin on August 26, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Seems to me Boehner and the House can cut funding for those agencies that are reckless with their regulations. At least until the 2012 elections…

iamsaved on August 26, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Hear, hear! And that should drop the budget across the board. I say it should drop to 2008 baselines. Regulations passed in the last 2-1/2 years need to be rolled back and Congressionally reviewed.

Phil-351 on August 26, 2011 at 8:40 PM

The above Boehner letter and article do a good job of presenting the micro, or industry level, issue. But if looked at more globally the direct – funding the regulatory agencies – and indirect – the financial impact to businesses and industries – is even more frightening. If the federal government’s regulatory operation were a business it would be one of the 50 biggest in the country in terms of revenues – the total annual budget allocation – and the third largest in terms of number of employees, with more people working for it than McDonald’s, Ford, Disney, and Boeing… combined. And, to top it all off, the budget for this monstrosity has grown a whopping 16% since 2008! Please, everyone can now put that in your pipe and smoke it.

boqueronman on August 26, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Feedie on August 26, 2011 at 6:41 PM

arnold ziffel on August 26, 2011 at 6:47 PM

iamsaved on August 26, 2011 at 6:58 PM

PappyD61 on August 26, 2011 at 8:00 PM

You’re damn right. I might be able to get behind this if I thought it actually meant anything, but we’ve been snowed by Boehner too many times to believe that. The guy is worthless.

Cylor on August 26, 2011 at 9:36 PM

And the feds raid Gibson Guitars, again.

Dandapani on August 27, 2011 at 11:33 AM

What am I missing? I know more could be added …
The need to put union construction workers to work on federal projects
Maybe the need for more stimulus money sent to state union workers again, so Democrats could bolster their campaign coffers for the next election–again.

chickasaw42 on August 28, 2011 at 12:47 AM