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

    Regulations have been the lowest ever lolo the gop is funny

    September 24, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. John

    Deregulation again. Do you think we are fools.. So you can let the Millionaires and Billionaires on Wall street destroy the economy like last time. You are so naive to think that the Wall Street barons can regulate themselves. Remember what happened during the meltdown the American people had to bailout these people with little or no thanks. They pocketed the money and did not reinvest it back into the economy.....There is no fool like an old fool not this time GOP not this time.

    September 24, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. Charles

    Does this include minimum wage? It was loosening the regulations on financial controls that got us into this mess. This would be the nail in the coffin by a bunch of greedy legislators- tomorrow's lobbyists!

    September 24, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. Chrisg

    GOP needs a time out (out of office) for not caring about the American people. Especially the American people that need HELP RIGHT NOW!!. There need to attached cuts to funds, to the emergency FMEA funding is disgusting. GOP/TP will be voted out of office this next election.

    September 24, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Chrisg

    Yes, lets defund the EPA and we can put that radio active waste in HER back yard.

    September 24, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. dennis freeman

    What we really need is a timeout from the scripted negativity of the Tea Party GOP. Their leaders all use the same phrases and their followers wear clothes from the 1700's, march around with mindless, misspelled signs and wear tea bags hanging from their hats.

    September 24, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    WOW, do they not remember what got us into this mess? Seriously, what they want to do give Wall Street and Corporate America time to stiff the American people even more and then decided oops we better do something!!! The GOP is so up the butt of Wall Street and Corporate America it is a shame!!! Keep the regulations in place and stiff their butts with harsher taxes!!!! They will come around, time to break up the strangle hold those folks have on this Country!!!

    September 24, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Sockness Monster

    Vote Republican
    end up in financial slavery.

    September 24, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Ron

    The Gop are "Obstuctionist" and a "Dangerous,Unpatriotic,Disgrace to America and our "Brave Troops,fighting for our "Freedom"!!!! Florida voters are "Cruel and disrespectful to America!!! Shame on Floridians,South Carolinians,and Texans!! Stay out of Americans Freedoms?? Evangelical Lunatics???

    September 24, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. demogal

    No, no, no! If the Repubs will get off this kick, business will adapt to regulations and we will all be safer. Regulations are in place to help the consumer, and I appreciate this oversight.

    September 24, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Dean

    You can't be serious. Are you saying that the government does not need to regulate things like the size of holes in swiss cheese???
    Business in this country spends 1.75 trillion dollars a year complying with such stupid regulations. That is a lot of money that could be used for things like expanding business and hiring workers or maybe even doing things like reducing costs in things like healthcare.

    September 24, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. ggwindsor

    de-regulating creates jobs its call duck cleaning

    September 24, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Sgt.Joe

    What Americans need is a "time out" from the GOP whining and grandstanding. We have had enough! Deregulate business? I'm a small business owner and part of that responsibility involves compliance that, though inconvenient and sometimes costly, I can see what led to the reason behind it. I can't just dump oil or toxic waste down the drain, for example. I can't imagine going back to carte blanch to mess with our already fragile environment. I'd like an example of what they are referring to that is so "job killing".

    September 24, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Seattle Sue

    CNN,Please post all the regulations that prevent jobs that have become law since President Obama came into office

    September 24, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Glenn

    Some of those guys won't be happy until we are an unhealthy sea of minimum wage earners, like China.
    But hey! At least the Chinese are employed.....they'll say.

    September 24, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. thoughtdog

    Maybe some of those rules being drafted will replace the ones that the Republicans dismantled under Reagan. Those that protected the people and the environment from those who make a profit no matter who or what it harms. Maybe!

    September 24, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. REG in AZ

    "de-regulate", "open markets", "lax-enforcement",,,, all sound familiar, like what preceded the "greed", "dishonesty" and run-away self-indulgence that precipitated the financial collapse. How many times do we have to go through these cycles – savings-and-loans, banks, dot.coms, investment industry, mortgage industry,,,, – before we come to understand that human nature is such that whenever there is the opportunity, the few will exploit the weakness and take advantage of the many. It is government's job to protect against that – NOT TO FACILITATE IT!

    September 24, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. lynn

    Absolutely, get rid of all regulations. Turn back to filthy air & watert, questionable food safety, children working 12 hr days, all of them. We don't need no stupid regulations, they stifle us. We need to be free to trash our planet and make all the money we can in the name of profits.

    September 24, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Just a thought

    I ditto my thoughts from the previous post. We need a functioning government to enforce regluations (or conduct inspections if you like) that would keep our kids from being poisoned. Why would we trust someone to simply spend the extra money to protect the health of their consumers, if they can save a buck just hiding the filth, manure, and disease?

    What is it with these dumb / idiots called Republican Obama Blamers?. The FDA, EPA were around before Obama because president How come all of a sudden we have to get rid of these agencies now? Just to save a buck or because Obama is President .... Which is it?

    How many people would prefer to get filth in their food, just to make sure Obama fails? I'm not one of those dumb, stupid as rocks, ignoramouses

    September 24, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Chuk

    Be careful what you wish for. You can create all these jobs and end up paying for it with human lives – everything from food and air safety to another massive ponzi scheme like Maddoff. Of course, that'd be ok with Republicans since regulations are bad.

    September 24, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Steve

    "Trickle down" is a lie and everyone knows it now boys. What you're really saying is: let us keep stealing while we destroy civil rights.

    September 24, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. GOP = Greed Over People

    Stop using the cover for job creation, as a reason for keep polluting the air and water, protecting those resources will create jobs at a rate that will replace or surpass the lost jobs rate.

    Besides if a plant closes, it is because the company will not use the bundle of cash it is sitting on to retrofit the plant. The EPA is not closing plants the companies that refuse to retrofit them are.

    September 24, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Larry L

    I believe they had lots of "time out" during the Bush Administration on the rules regulating the financial and banking industry and look how that turned out! They also had no enforcement of corruption regulations as the contractors, including Dick Cheney's Haliburton, overcharged the Department of Defense in Iraq. We gave them a bonus. A "time out" from environmental regulations caused the BP oil spill. I don't think Republicans can be trusted with less regulation.

    September 24, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Jdwilker

    Wasn't lack of regulation in the financial sector one of the primary causes of the economic mess we're in today?

    September 24, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Do they think all of us are as freaking stupid as the 27% that follows fox/hate radio??

    De-regulate MORE?? WHY??
    The GOP wants more de-regulation so Koch Bros multi-national corporations (they own many) and others can put even more cash in their over flowing coffers!!
    So the GOP politicians can earn the money the were given by these corporations.

    So companies can pollute our environment or poison our kids just to make a little more profit?
    Or maybe so they can fire some people they don't agree with politically or socially?
    Or maybe so they can over load their un-regulated trucks that wreak havoc and destruction on the highways we pay for to drive our families on?
    Why should the America people sacrifice more so multi-national corporations can fill their already over flowing coffers of cash???

    Do they think all of us are as freaking stupid as the 27% that follows fox/hate radio??

    How about the multi-national corporations sacrifice a little – just once?!

    September 24, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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