GOP: We need a ‘time out’ from regulations
September 24th, 2011
06:01 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP: We need a ‘time out’ from regulations

(CNN) – For the second week in a row, Republicans called for the downsizing of federal regulations in the private sector.

“We Republicans say, enough is enough,” said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in the GOP weekly address Saturday. “America needs a ‘time out’ from the regulations that discourage job creation and hurt our economy.”

Her speech follows weeks of intense debate in Washington over ways to jump-start the economy, including President Barack Obama’s proposed $447 billion jobs plan.

But Republicans insist that government “over-regulation” is perhaps the biggest factor standing in the way of job growth.

Collins claimed that federal agencies are drawing up more than 4,200 new rules, 845 of which affect small businesses.

She cited a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule on boiler emissions, arguing that even the EPA admits the rule would “cost the private sector billions of dollars” and thousands of jobs.

“Business owners are reluctant to create jobs today if they're going to need to pay more tomorrow to comply with onerous new regulations,” Collins


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  1. Coloradan

    Well, but how do you account then for the half million jobs a month we were losing under GOP presidential leadership (700,000 jobs in Bush's last month alone)? That was after 8 years of Republican Presidential leadership, not to mention that the GOP controlled congress for the majority of that time as well. Obviously, the Republicans are trying to construct a narrative that it is overly onerous regulation and/or Obamacare that is stifling job creation. Doesn't make it true. Actually, a little more regulation in the financial industry might have prevented the entire economic meltdown in the first place. It is a Republican myth that Obama has made things worse. When he took over we were in recession and we have now had 6 consecutive quarters of economic expansion. We were losing a half million jobs a month and we have now had 20 consecutive months of private sector job growth. The stock market is up about 75% since March of 09 a few weeks after Obama took office. The lies Republicans tell. Must help them sleep at night. Doesn't make them true.

    September 24, 2011 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  2. Jack V

    Watch the hateful stupid libs sart whining about "clean" air & "safe" food. Next they'll start cheering about someone dying because they didn't have health insurance. Or boo a soldier because he's gay. Oh! Wait a minute.....

    September 24, 2011 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    We need time out from wingnut lies. Their corporate masters are siiting on 2 trillion dollars of profits while they bleed the country and middle class to death. The GOBP will return to Whig party status in 2012.

    September 24, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  4. Think4amin

    Companies employ people whose job was created to comply with regulations: administrators, cleaning crews, installers and maintenance workers for regulation-related equipment and facilities, etc.
    They will all be fired when the regulations are lifted.

    September 24, 2011 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  5. Think4amin

    Demand creates jobs. For example, by increasing the number of patients receiving health care, the health care law increases the demand for doctors, nurses, medical facilities and equipment, even for administrators at insurance companies. So the law, a set of regulations, does create jobs.

    September 24, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  6. Terry

    Yesp- A good idea!-Wouldn't want all those banks and wall street firms to be saddled with any pesky regulations to delay the start of the "Great Economic Collapse II" so that Repooblicans can smear Obama and declare victory and declare a pyrrhic victory over post Economic Appocalyptic America!

    September 24, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  7. Ron

    No ma'am, America needs a time out from republicans in congress. In a attempt to discredit President Obama – for whatever reason – republicans have shut down the government for nearly three years with filibusters and have behaved like a bunch of children who think they can bully the president into doing things their way. In spite of that obstruction , the president has accomplished quite a bit. I look forward to his second term as president AND, hopefully, a congress that is more intent on fixing America than destroying its president! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    September 24, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  8. lgny

    Can the fact checkers ask for specific examples - including links to the specific proposed rules.

    Most of the time, the one-line accusation bears little or no resemblance to the proposed rules - assuming the proposed rules even exist. In many other cases, the "new" rules are attempts by the government to modernize and streamline their regulations.

    Without more details there's no way to know if this is evil extension of govt or benign attempts at better governance.

    September 24, 2011 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  9. Think4amin

    Demand creates jobs. We should appreciate the insistence of politicians, mostly Republicans, not to allow spending cuts in the defense budget, thus maintaining the demand for the defense industry. (When was the last time you heard defense, or in general, any government contractor company complaining about "Big Government"?)
    Sadly, government-waged wars even increase this demand. Some economists and historians argue that it was WW2 that ended the Big Depression. During the recent wars we have seen new jobs created (security contractors, production jobs at defense companies, reconstruction contractors, etc.), even new companies formed to produce flak jackets, armor plates for Humvees, etc.

    September 24, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  10. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    A "time out from regulations"?!? That has to be among the stupidest GOBP idea from a long line of stupid ideas from their failed cult. E-coli, water pollution and air pollution don't take "time outs" so why should the government?

    September 24, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  11. Anthony

    Were these regulations in place when Wall Street crashed in 2008, taking the economy with it? Did the Wall Street crash help job growth? Do we want to go back to deregulation so that Wall Street can crash again?

    September 24, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  12. Clwyd

    So that big businesses and corporations can plunder more? Without regulations the environment would have been victim, the health and safety of Americans is what the loony tunes in the whole of the republican party want to risk! Greedy and profit rule for the supporters of the republian't party! A party of thugs!

    September 24, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  13. StopTheMadness

    Of course they do if they had their way there would be no E.P.A., no public school systems, No unions, No social security, No black people or muslims, no healthcare for the elderly, No Stipulations on big business. Next up for the republican party eliminate anything that helps the country to save their big business partners money.

    September 24, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  14. John

    The Republican what got America In this mess , and the Republican won't get us out of It. They can't even agree on anything in there own party. John Boehner has to be the worse speaker of the house they have ever been. And Eric Cantor Is the worse to be Second In charge. The worse mistake the American people ever did was put the Republican In Control of Congress or anything Really. All they seem to want to do Is Protecting the Rich and Big Business. But It doesn't Created JOBS LIKE THEY SAID IT DOES. Since the BUSH tax cut been In Place ,America have done nothing but lose million of JOBS.

    September 24, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    ObamaCare is 2500 pages. That one bill alone, is a nightmare for any small business.

    September 24, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  16. eddie

    I know lets just act like there is no hazards in company productions and kill our kids with pullotion

    September 24, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  17. Gotta Be Kiddin

    Are we talking about regulations put in place to protect us and make things fair for us. Why are the GOP trying to take this country backward instead of forward. I just wish they would stop saying and doing things to oppose the president and start saying and doing things in the best interest of the people of this country.

    September 24, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  18. JamesKlimaski

    Sen. Collins and the Republicans just make things up and it gets press. Regulations fall under several categories: accountability, safety and technological advancement. Most of these regulation create jobs. They require production of materials which means jobs for the workers that produce them and new businesses to promote and sell them. The esteemed senator needs to show where there was an actual net loss in jobs. It is the same with the claim that higher taxes on the rich will stop job creation. During the late 40's and the 50's this country has a much higher tax rate then it does today and those were times of prosperity. We even had a Republican President with those high tax rates and business was not stagnant and the unemployment rate was low. There was a much greater spirit of cooperation and greed was not the driving force it is today. Greed a condemned by Jesus Christ and embraced by the Republican Party.

    September 24, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. Johnson

    What regulations mught that be? We we slowly growing jobs every month until the 112th congress arrived. Most of the same regulation's were here when clinton was in office. Republican's are trying to blame all this on regulations, planned parenthood, NPR, social security, medicare, healthcare, teachers, firefighters, policemen, veteran's, minorities (code word immigration), women, gay's. 2012 is easy for me

    Obama / Biden 2012 / Hillary 2016

    September 24, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  20. Publius Novus

    These claims of over-regulation are very over-blown. Collins and the GOP are double- and triple-counting regulations from years past that have not be promulgated, along with regulations that took effect one, two, and three years ago. The dollar estimates on the cost of the regulations are similarly inflated, in many cases exponentially. Let's see a list of the current regulations that are actually impeding job growth. My guess is that the list is very short, or non-existent. The usual crap from the GOP.

    September 24, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  21. Ken

    Wasn't it a lack of regulation and oversight that lead to the financial crisis which precipitated the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression???

    Hey buddy, can you spare a dime????

    September 24, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  22. txnan6

    Where can I read the 845 new regulations that "might" go into effect. The real reason businesses aren't spending money in the US is because they can get much higher profits overseas, and still get all of the tax loopholes. I promise when Congress links/requires the tax breaks/loopholes to job creation inside the US, the country will explode with money being invested.

    September 24, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  23. there is profit in fear.....aka payback

    ....Fine do away with regulations. You think it's bad now. With all the snake-oil salesman. You see on T.V. and hear on the radio. Wait, just wait, it will only get better. And the bad, thing about it you, won't beable to sue or get your money back. Buyer beware. You health and finances are at risk...................................

    September 24, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  24. GI Joe

    Wait a minute. For years we heard "cut taxes for the wealthy so we can create jobs". Taxes have been cut for 11 years - no jobs. NOW they say "stop regulations so we can create jobs". B.S. What next? Kill the poor people so we can create jobs? Go to war with Iran so we can create jobs?

    WHAT LIE IS NEXT? What will the hold us HOSTAGE FOR NEXT? The baggers/republicans want it 100% their way.

    I despise baggers/republicans.

    September 24, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  25. vic , nashville ,tn

    Actually America need “time out” from congress

    September 24, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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