Category Archives: Over-regulation

Obama Spends Our Money to Pull Wool over Seniors’ Eyes for Re-election

Read the entire article at American Spectator.

As Benjamin E. Sasse and Charles Hurt report, open enrollment for MA (Medicare Advantage) begins three weeks before voters go to the polls:

“It’s hard to imagine a bigger electoral disaster for a president than seniors in crucial states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio discovering that he’s taken away their beloved Medicare Advantage just weeks before an election.”

…Nearly 25 percent of all Medicare enrollees are on MA, and …well over three-fifths of MA beneficiaries have annual incomes of less than $30,000 and that the percentage of minorities enrolled in the program is much higher than is the case for traditional Medicare.

The electoral significance of these facts would hardly have been lost on the President’s political advisors when they learned that Obamacare’s MA cuts would be unveiled to the nation’s most reliable voters just before the November election. The resultant vision of surly seniors lining up in their millions at the polls to pull the lever for Mitt Romney presumably produced urgent emails and frantic phone calls, followed by a terse directive from the White House to Obama’s creatures at CMS to come up with plan to put off the cuts until after the election.

In due course, an $8.3 billion “demonstration project” materialized that would “temporarily restore Medicare Advantage funds so that seniors in key markets don’t lose their trusted insurance program in the middle of Obama’s re-election bid.”

Crushing Liberty to Protect Status Quo

Original Article by George Will

Lady Liberty Cries

Lady Liberty is under attack.
Will anyone defend her?

Commentary by Robin Lennon

“(NASHVILLE, TN) Bokhari bought a black Lincoln sedan and began offering cut-rate rides — an average of $25 — to and from the airport, around downtown and in neighborhoods not well served by taxis. After one year he had 12 cars. Now he has 20, and 15 independent contractors with their own cars, and a Web site, and lots of customers. He also has some enemies, including the established taxi and sedan companies and a city government that is, as interventionist governments generally are, devoted to regulations that protect the strong by preserving the status quo.

With the quiet support of the taxi companies, which have not raised rates since Bokhari and some similar entrepreneurs went into business, the limo companies got regulators to require a $45 minimum charge for any ride. Not content with that gross injury, government added crippling insults: It limited the age of cars and number of miles on them — regardless of the cars’ condition — and forbade dispatches via cellphones, which is how start-up limo companies operate.”

This happened with UPS and Fed Ex, Solyndra, GM. It’s why all the major companies and banks kowtow to the government and why the cost of living continues to rise along with the tax burden on productive Americans.

Our freedoms that had been slowly eroding over the last century are being destroyed by leaps and bounds. And now, we have POTUS continuing to escalate racial tensions. Dare I even say it, hoping that violence and intimidation will result. Of course since his army of anarchists and black revolutionaries will be at the center of this mob, none of it will be considered criminal by our Attorney Generalissimo and his Department of Injustice.

Things are escalating, and now I hope that the majority of Americans are praying with me, not just hoping, that this President fails at bringing anymore “Hope and Change” to America.

MUST READ: Obama’s New Regs Found to Cost $46 Billion

Obama’s New Regs Found to Cost $46 Billion

Missing Californians: Can you say John Galt?

Missing Californians.

Gohmert’s American Jobs Act is not your President’s American Jobs Act

Calling the president’s plan a “disaster,” Gohmert said that he checked to see “who filed the ‘American Jobs Act’ for the president, here in the House, since we had to do it ‘now, right away,” but discovered that the plan had not been officially introduced in the House.

So, at 1:20pm Gohmert filed his own version of a jobs bill, under the title included on the president’s legislation distributed to members of Congress two-days prior.

Go, Rep. Gohmert–thank you!

Read the whole article “The Hill” blog.

Power Failure

We’ve lifted this from Texas Public Policy Foundation. It illustrates the potential costs of our failure to enact strong EPA regulation nullification policies in the 82nd Legislature.

EPA Threatens Use of Lignite

By Kathleen Hartnett White, Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director, Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment

As soon as next year, Texans who use electricity may have less of it and at far higher prices compliments of an EPA rule fraught with false assumptions, specious logic, and technical errors. Called the Clean Air Transport Rule (CATR), this rule risks continued use of Texas lignite coal to fuel electric generation.

With compliance required this January 2012, CATR’s emission reductions are unachievable for most plants. Overnight fuel-switching is logistically and legally impossible. Retrofitting plants which now use lignite would involve 3-4 years of engineering, fabrication, boiler re-construction, new rail construction and complex new permits—at multi-billion dollar costs.

Lignite coal provides 11 percent of electric generation in Texas. Abrupt elimination of lignite in the Texas fuel mix risks 7,000-13,000 MW of generation in Texas, reducing the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ (ERCOT) targeted reserve margin of 13.75 percent of surplus capacity to 5.2 percent at best—and take us into deficit at worst.

Directly and indirectly, lignite mining supports 10,000-14,000 jobs and is the lifeblood of local tax base and business in many Texas communities. Lignite contributes $1.3 billion to the state’s economy and $71 million in state revenues.

The purpose of this complex rule is to prohibit interstate transport of power plant emissions that hinder attainment of national ambient air quality standards in downwind states. EPA concludes that sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from Texas plants may impact attainment of fine particulate matter standards in St. Louis, Missouri. Yet, St. Louis now attains that standard as does Texas. EPA’s own modeling shows that Texas emissions do not trigger impacts in Missouri.

At proposal of this transport rule, EPA did not include Texas in group of states subject to the program for SO2. Although EPA’s proposed rule requested comments on Texas, the agency has not provided any information about specific Texas requirements as the proposal and three supplementary notices did for the other states. To pull Texas in at the last hour, EPA would flout the constitutional due process guaranteed in the Administrative Procedures Act for all rulemakings.

EPA has no environmental basis for subjecting Texas to CATR. EPA is using the Clean Air Act, intended to protect human health, to force an energy policy to suppress coal—whatever the economic consequences. Once again, Texas, the job creating engine of the country, stands in the crosshairs of EPA’s legally unjustified mandates. Texans should not accept submission to EPA—an increasingly arbitrary and capricious master.

Kathleen Hartnett White

California’s Delta Smelt is Raising Your Food Prices

Most of the water is STILL turned off. And even where they turned some 25% back on just before the primaries, the farmers aren’t planting. Why? They don’t trust the government not to tun it back off.

California’s Delta Smelt is Raising Your Food Prices.

MUST READ: New Deal? Many Did Call It Socialism

Great article from the Daily Inter Lake by Frank Miele

As published in the Sandusky (Ohio) Register, the story bore the headline, “Roosevelt Urges Share-Wealth Taxes.” The subhead noted that “Big Incomes are Targets of Message.”

The first paragraph of the Sandusky, Ohio, story said flatly that Roosevelt’s “share-the-wealth” tax program was “based on the philosophy that big fortunes are created by collective rather than individual effort.” A paragraph or two later, we read that the president called his initiative a “sound public policy of encouraging a wider distribution of wealth.”

The five-point program proposed by Roosevelt in 1935 is certainly eerily familiar to those who are following the current political debate. The program included raising death taxes, raising taxes on incomes above $1 million a year, and raising taxes on business. Again, that should of course sound familiar. The first two were cornerstones of the program being pushed by House Democrats last week in opposition to the Obama-McConnell tax compromise.

That is just what Roosevelt gave us, whether you call it the New Deal or the same old dole. You may as well just be honest and call it socialism because there is no reason to call it free enterprise. Freedom is an individual right; not a corporate one. I cannot be free as an individual if I am forced to do what is good for the collective.

Read the entire article here.

Red Tape Rising: Obama’s Torrent of New Regulation (WSJ Opinion Journal)

Putting numbers to the “hidden tax.”

Many, many more regulations are in the pipeline. According to one estimate, financial regulation legislation recently adopted by Congress, known as the Dodd–Frank bill, will require 243 new formal rule-makings by 11 different federal agencies.[19] So wide-ranging are regulators’ new powers, in fact, that the Department of Health and Human Services has failed to meet one-third of the deadlines mandated by the new federal health care law, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service.

Read the entire article HERE.
(by JAMES GATTUSO , DIANE KATZ AND STEPHEN KEEN, from the Heritage Foundation)