Obama Looks To Roll-Back Red Tape

Well, perhaps he is finally doing something that will help private citizens and the private job market

President Obama’s effort to roll back costly regulations that are not needed could save more than $10 billion over five years, but critics say that’s a drop in the bucket.

Pretty much. But, it’s a start, like dropping a skier into an avalanche zone

Obama announced the look-back on regulations in January. The result: more than 800 pages with more than 500 proposed changes. The savings: more than $4 billion in the bank or in process, with an additional $6 billion planned.

The changes “are going to make a real difference to the American people,” Sunstein said.

Let’s look at some of them as cited by the article

  • Allowing doctors to practice “tele-medicine” in rural areas.
  • Escalating Pentagon contract payments to up to 60,000 small businesses.
  • Changing export rules and visa practices at the State Department.

If those are the best that the USA Today can cite, well, I’m underwhelmed. Politico offers a few more

Among them: The Department of Health and Human Services will propose ending “unnecessary regulatory and reporting requirements now imposed on hospitals and other health care providers,” a measure that could save $4 billion over the next five years. The Labor Department is announcing rules to simplify and improve hazard warnings for workers, which will save an estimated $2.5 billion over the next five years.

The Transportation Department, meanwhile, is set to announce rules expected to save $340 million or more by cutting out unnecessary regulation of the railroad industry. And, by the end of this year, the Internal Revenue Service is set to cut 55 million hours in paperwork burdens by consolidating reporting requirements and streamlining tax forms, Sunstein says.

Well, it’s a start. Though, anyone have the feeling that the tax form reform will somehow lead to companies and people paying more in taxes?

Then there’s that train thing: perhaps helps in pushing high speed (fail) trains?

How about simply repealing Obamacare? That would help. And doing away with many of the absurd EPA regulations? Not all of them, we do want to protect the environment, after all.

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5 Responses to “Obama Looks To Roll-Back Red Tape”

  1. Word says:


    It is how the progressive left has transformed America into a slippery slope of socialism/communism.

    The progressive left and their atheist sidekicks no longer even try to debate or defend their agenda, they simply….

    Legislate…..then regulate and if that doesnt work……

    They litigate.

  2. david7134 says:

    Notice that when Obama gives a speech, he says show me one regulation that is holding you back and I will get rid of it. Now I don’t know about you, but in my world the regulations come in volumes. Thus, I can not show one regulation, it is the sum of all parts. Also, for every one regulation that they eliminate, they add 3 or 4.

  3. captainfish says:

    Meanwhile, we lost another good RINO today. Sad when they go down in flames. But, they do make good for toasting marshmellows…..

    “Former Governor Jeb Bush took an underhanded swipe at Rick Perry yesterday during an interview with Neil Cavuto. The former Florida Governor said that presidential hopefuls should not ascribe bad motives to the Obama Administration,”

    Jeb: Taxes are good. Debt is good. Responsibility is bad.

    Bad jeb Bad.

  4. Adobe Walls says:

    It’s not a good start it’s a sham.

  5. david7134 says:

    I might add that Obama and the feds don’t have anything to do with telemed. That is regulated by the states. The feds would have a small part in it but the states are the ones who determines who can practice medicine and how.

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