Obama: “We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations”

posted at 7:21 pm on June 7, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

President Obama has always been good at talking like a pragmatic, centrist, reasonable politician focused on “balance” and “whatever works,” while governing as an ideologue (though often an ideologue hampered by his own inability to, say, wrangle the Hill or gain popular support for his agenda). I’ve always said his greatest gift was in getting most everyone to believe his sincerity about whatever happened to be coming out of his mouth at any given moment, regardless of current policies or past positions that flatly contradicted it. I’ve got to believe that gift is finally expiring. The gap between the Hyde Park Constitutional lawyer rhetoric and the blanket surveillance of all of America’s web and phone data is too great. The chasm between the hopenchange brand and the changeable human being is too large. The truth of what a giant, generally unaccountable government is doing is too obvious for so many to continue to presume the correct, liberal steward thereof is all that’s needed to keep it pure.

With that in mind, it’s a good thing Obama delivered this tidbit in the place he’s most likely to encounter a few true believers still— a Democratic fundraiser:

“I remain hopeful, because I’ve run my last campaign, that over the next three years, we’re going to see more of the bipartisan efforts that we’re seeing in some areas. For example, Michael Bennet is doing a great job working with the so-called Gang of Eight to finally get immigration reform done so that we’re a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and we are fixing a broken immigration system. So there are areas where we’re starting to see glimmers of functionality in Washington,” said Obama.

“But on too many areas, we’re not getting the kind of cooperation that we need — not because the Democrats are particularly ideological or left-wing right now. The truth of the matter is Michael and I — I know that there are a few Republicans here in the audience — if you talk to us, it turns out we’re pretty common-sense folks. We don’t think government can do everything. We don’t think that top-down solutions are the right way to go. We believe in the free market. We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations. We don’t want to tax all businesses out of business. But we do think that there’s a role to play for government.”

Uh-huh. About the regulations assertion:

A report by the Heritage Foundation last year found that the Obama administration in its first three years adopted 106 “major regulations” that increased burdens on the private sector, compared with 28 in the same time frame of President George W. Bush’s administration. A study by the left-leaning OMB Watch found that total regulations adopted by the Obama administration are roughly equal to the number adopted by other administrations over the past 18 years.

As Erika pointed out, via the WSJ, as we embarked upon the second term of such regulation:

The government defines “economically significant” rules as those that impose annual costs of $100 million or more, and the Bush, Clinton and Bush Administrations each ended up finalizing about 45 major rules per year. The average over Mr. Obama’s first two years was 63 but then plunged to 44 for 2011 and 2012 so far. The bureaucracies didn’t slow down. They merely postponed and built up a backlog that is about to hit the Federal Register.

We’d report the costs of the major-rule pipeline if we had current data. But the White House budget office document known as the unified agenda that reveals the regulations under development hasn’t been published since fall 2011. The delay violates multiple federal laws and executive orders that require an agenda every six months…

That’s right. While unleashing this onslaught of “light touch,” the Obama administration has been incapable of releasing a legally required rundown of its aggressive regulation plans in a timely manner— the first time since it became required that an administration has seen fit to make regulatory plans so opaque.

That’s an obvious laugher, but what about the ordinary Obama pablum most swallow whole?

“[I]f you talk to us, it turns out we’re pretty common-sense folks. We don’t think government can do everything. We don’t think that top-down solutions are the right way to go.”

What part of the administration’s DOJ, AP, Rosen, IRS, NSA, and PRISM scandals indicate any of this is true? And, who can listen to him defend the surveillance, in particular, with nothing but a bid for “trust” in demonstrably untrustworthy government and believe that he’s a “common-sense” guy who doesn’t “think government can do everything” averse to “top-down solutions?”

He goes on, in this speech, to explain once again (despite the gajillion-watt light of Scandalabra burning brightly), that it’s the bad attitude of Republicans insufficiently willing to yield to his will that make Washington broken. Sure. True believers will remain, but this is meeting the long-creaking limits of credulity in more quarters every day.

Flashback: In which Obama displays his gift in an attack ad on himself, 2008.


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We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations.

What a liar.

sadatoni on June 7, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Of course, Teh SCOAMT didn’t exactly define “light”. In this case, it’s the light of a thermonuclear weapon.

Steve Eggleston on June 7, 2013 at 7:26 PM

He’s chooming again.

vityas on June 7, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Focused like a laser!

OldEnglish on June 7, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I think one of my arteries just ruptured.

bazil9 on June 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Was it a light touch of regulations that has effectively outlawed the building of new coal-fired energy plants?

Axion on June 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM

It all depends upon what the comparison is. He only wants a fascist state, not a full bore Soviet Union state, so by comparison he does only want light regulation.

rbj on June 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Horse Hockey. He’s let his EPA ignore wind turbines killing protected birds, while at the same time going after the oil and coal industries when they do the same.

On a closer level, as a small business owner, I have seen the Federal regulations relating to my industry triple since January of 2009.

LIAR-

Del Dolemonte on June 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM

A touch as light as a wrecking ball.

fogw on June 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

LOL Thanks for that headline, I really needed the laugh…

EPA to Regulate Dairy Milk Spills as per Oil Spills

cynccook on June 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

MKH says, “I’ve always said his greatest gift was in getting most everyone to believe his sincerity about whatever happened to be coming out of his mouth at any given moment, regardless of current policies or past positions that flatly contradicted it.”

George Burns said, “Sincerity – if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”

Barry Insane 0dumba is a con man, through and through – anyone who’s ever trusted him is not a good judge of character…

Anti-Control on June 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM

“The attack in Benghazi was the result of a YouTube video!”

Seven Percent Solution on June 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Obama would be a great spokesperson for the Borg..

[Resistance is futile. We wish to improve ourselves. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own.]

Electrongod on June 7, 2013 at 7:37 PM

For example, Michael Bennet is doing a great job working with the so-called Gang of Eight to finally get immigration reform done so that we’re a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants

ROTFLMAO! Seriously? Why have laws when you aren’t going to enforce them? Your administration has refused to enforce many immigration laws, defend DOMA, and have cut firearm prosecutions by 45% from the Bush administration while simultaneously calling for more gun control. Your administration has illegally released confidential tax information, lied to either a Federal judge or Congress or both relative to James Rosen, claimed a YouTube video was responsible for Benghazi, persecuted a filmmaker for executing his First Amendment rights, called Americans ‘enemies,’ harassed innocent people, snooped on tens of millions, killed Americans, etc.

This country is NOT a ‘nation of laws’ under your administration.

Resist We Much on June 7, 2013 at 7:37 PM

A touch as light as a wrecking ball.

fogw on June 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

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Steve Eggleston on June 7, 2013 at 7:37 PM

The gap between the Hyde Park Constitutional lawyer rhetoric and the blanket surveillance of all of America’s web and phone data is too great.

Phhht. He was never a ‘constitutional’ anything. It’s a title someone made up that they thought would look good on a political bio.

slickwillie2001 on June 7, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Now he’s done pissed off the EPA !

Truly a bad week.

Jabberwock on June 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

O’Barry Care alone is 10,000+ pages of regs. Just a tiny drop in the bucket, eh Barry?

bazil9 on June 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

This country is NOT a ‘nation of laws’ under your administration.

Resist We Much on June 7, 2013 at 7:37 PM

It’s all in the definition of “laws”. The last time the word was defined this way, the Divine Right of Kings, Despots, and Dictators was all the rage.

Off-topic, I made a one-time-only return to the Green Room.

Steve Eggleston on June 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Say anything and do anything seems to be SOP. If you have no honor or integredy then you loose nothing by lying.

Grunt on June 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Resist We Much on June 7, 2013 at 7:37 PM

^^ excellent summary.
Hysterical.

bazil9 on June 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

The land is “led” by the least and the lightest …

ShainS on June 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

….touch this!

KOOLAID2 on June 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Lisa Jackson sure had a light touch at the EPA. She let ‘Richard Windsor’ do all of the dirty work.

Resist We Much on June 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I have to believe that one day a bolt of lightning is going to strike that man, or his pants will spontaneously combust.

Mini-14 on June 7, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Ask Gibson Guitars about Obama’s “light touch”.

portlandon on June 7, 2013 at 7:46 PM

We don’t think government can do everything. We don’t think that top-down solutions are the right way to go. We believe in the free market. We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations. We don’t want to tax all businesses out of business. But we do think that there’s a role to play for government.

This is a contender for quote of the year. Wowzers.

visions on June 7, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Every time I see that picture I think of the black guy Tom Neville in the tv show Revolution, Giancarlo Esposito. Looks very similar to him, and the character in the show is the most ruthless, despicable people you can imagine.

BeachBum on June 7, 2013 at 7:52 PM

This is a contender for quote of the year. Wowzers.

visions on June 7, 2013 at 7:47 PM

I think I need to fire up the Obamese-to-English translator for that piece of work:

- “We don’t think government can do everything.” That’s why we took over key private companies.
- “We don’t think that top-down solutions are the right way to go.” Hence, we’re implementing them as the left way to go.
- “We believe in the free market.” But only so far as they both pay their tribute to Caesar and keep quiet about the treatment we give them.
- “We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations.” Because properly-applied regulations are like thermonuclear weapons – emit a lot of light on a target as it destroys it.
- “We don’t want to tax all businesses out of business.” After all, who’s going to pay the tribute to Caesar if there are no businesses left?
- “But we do think that there’s a role to play for government.” As the Death Panel of Economics.

Steve Eggleston on June 7, 2013 at 7:53 PM

a light touch

Clap On. Clap Off.

faraway on June 7, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Regulating one-sixth of the American economy through a bill that has so many pages it stacks 8-feet tall is a light touch?

Wow. Imagine if the the tyrant exerts pressure.

nico on June 7, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Oh yes, I do recall the feather touch of Obamacare–ever so gentle on the American public.

hillsoftx on June 7, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Light? Touch?
Ahahaaaaahahaaaaaaa, seriously, this is from the Onion, right?

gordo on June 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM

O’Barry Care alone is 10,000+ pages of regs. Just a tiny drop in the bucket, eh Barry?

bazil9 on June 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

This. And they’re just getting started. Many more regs will be written on the fly and “as needed” by the Sec. of HHS.

TarheelBen on June 7, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Light? Touch?
Ahahaaaaahahaaaaaaa, seriously, this is from the Onion, right?

gordo on June 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM

I have a brother who once went into one of those old photo booths where you got 4 pics for a $1, cut his face out of one of the pics, glued it to a horse’s head on a postcard, and then sent it to Bruce Springsteen. I saw it on our kitchen table before he sent it, and I laughed as I asked him why he was doing it – his response was, “I felt like it.”

0dumba reminds me of my brother – he’s seriously mentally ill…

Anti-Control on June 7, 2013 at 8:06 PM

bazil9 on June 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM
This. And they’re just getting started. Many more regs will be written on the fly and “as needed” by the Sec. of HHS.
TarheelBen on June 7, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Yep,and the additions keep rolling out-more to come.
Also,the DOL and Treasury.

bazil9 on June 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Clearly delusional.

Oxymoron on June 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM

He, the President of the United States, is a f ing liar.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on June 7, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Dangerous

Schadenfreude on June 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM

He’s the guy who bs’s his way thru life. Some folks believe him for a while, but eventually everyone catches on. All except for Chris Matthews anyway.

txhsmom on June 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Light touch?

Isn’t that the manner the Imams advise when they tell men to beat their wives?

Marybeth on June 7, 2013 at 8:28 PM

How do the lightning bolts keep missing this guy?

BD57 on June 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM

How do the lightning bolts keep missing this guy?

BD57 on June 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM

When he runs out of wiggle room, they’ll be unable to miss! :)

That time is coming, shortly…

Anti-Control on June 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM

This man is truly an idiot, isn’t he?

pat on June 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Light touch?

Ahhh… no.

KCsecurity1976 on June 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

If there ever was, there is no longer any connection between what President Orwell says and reality.

farsighted on June 7, 2013 at 8:47 PM

And he actually believes his own bullsh*t.

Athanasius on June 7, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Barry excels at talking out of both sides of his mouth, counting on the 33% who haven’t a clue as to what is actually going on.

GarandFan on June 7, 2013 at 9:16 PM

We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations.

“So, we’re only gonna break your left f’in kneecap dis time, choomba. Giv’ us enny more lip an’ we’re gonna break both of ‘em, an’ yer arms, da nex’ time. Capische?

- The Chicago Definition.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

He’s the guy who bs’s his way thru life. Some folks believe him for a while, but eventually everyone catches on. All except for Chris Matthews anyway.

txhsmom on June 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM

In the private business community, we call them surfers. They stay in a job not quite long enough for too many coworkers to catch onto their bs, and quickly take the next promotion. Rinse and repeat.

slickwillie2001 on June 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

“light touch”

ummm; yeah, Barry. We’ve been seeing your “light touch”, Jedi mind-meld version, since January of 2009.

Please let us know when the IRS and NSA have “acted stupidly”.

dissent555 on June 7, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Officials: NSA mistakenly intercepted emails, phone calls of innocent Americans

Resist We Much on June 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Dangerous

Schadenfreude on June 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Check out Mr. Freude’s page!

It is never good when a predator gets a taste of something. Lions or sharks accidentally licking or nibbling..we are like potato chips.

This government has been tasting techtatorship for several years now.

That can’t be good.

IlikedAUH2O on June 8, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Obama: “We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations”

Tell that to the owners of the coal power plants that Obama is desperately trying to put out of business with his “light touch”.

RJL on June 8, 2013 at 2:46 AM

Let me be clear……..”

RealMc on June 8, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Anything light he believes in is all for show, which should be obvious to anyone following the news lately. It’s getting harder to trust our government, especially when people at the IRS have no problem committing a felony and no one, not one employee, felt that was severe enough to become a whistleblower. How can you possibly trust them?

bflat879 on June 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Lying liars lie what else needs to be said? He merely just keeps following the Hitler big lie theory. Besides since most demotards are unthinking easily led sheep he knows he can tell those idiots anything and they’ll lap it up.

bbinfl on June 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM

aside from militarizing various federal agencies and sending them after our political enemies, a light touch.

viva la bureaucrat ninja.

Of course, he gives waivers to burdensome regs to donors:

like the scenario I posted on Ace via corgi’s fighting with swords:

Sadly, the USDA found this picture and fined the artist $98,123.88 because it violated some BS regulation about the treatment of non-farm animals.

also, that artist was visited by a USDA SWAT team and held at gunpoint, along with his family and visiting friends, for 7 hours while the USDA put each one of the corgis to death, because of some BS regulation. Also, they accidentally shot the cat. While their 5 year old son was holding it.

Luckily, the corgi puppy mill up the street was granted a waiver by Obama after donating $1M to fund obamacare. So, there’s that.

every one of those tidbits have happened. Whether it’s a rabbit grower, raw milk seller, or a pig farmer, let alone what we’ve learned recently about Tea Party intimidation.

joeindc44 on June 8, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Does this man, O, EVER tell the truth?

dylan on June 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Did even Bill freakin’ Clinton ever tell such blatant lies (except about his affairs, of course)?

JimC on June 9, 2013 at 1:13 AM