Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Observations From the Back Row: 8-16-11

"De Omnibus Dubitandum"
There are no political prisoners (in the USSR), only persons of unsound mind.
Nikita Khrushchev

Inhofe seeking data on polar bear probe
In his letter to Kendall, Inhofe claims Monnett's work played an important part in the federal government's 2008 decision to list the bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. "As a result, critical habitat for the polar bear was designated, ...

We openly admit that we want smaller government. We also admit that not only is Capitalism the best economic system, it is the primary reason for the vast wealth of Americans. We believe that expansive government, complete with its invasive rules, mindless dictates, and shameless bureaucrats, is principally a vehicle for those who aspire to a truly Socialist society. - Bruce Bialosky

Report: Obama Administration Added $9.5 Billion in Red Tape in July - Conservatives take aim at job-killing regulations
Share ThisMany House and Senate conservatives are reviving their battle against federal regulations, claiming that the president hasn't stopped issuing job-killing rules during the debt ceiling fight. "While Washington and Americans have been focused on the debt ceiling, the Obama administration has continued to roll out more crushing red tape," said a spokesperson for Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso, who's been championing the regulation fight.....lawmakers said that they will renew their efforts, supported by business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In a memo Barasso handed out to the lawmakers, he claimed that the administration in July only has put in $9.5 billion in new regulatory costs by proposing 229 new rules and finalizing 379 rules. Among those he cited were EPA, healthcare reform, and financial regulatory reform rules.  His handout included a word map that highlighted terms like "fragile," "uncertain," and "teetering," all concerns of Americans about the economy.

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes, and ships, and sealing wax -
Of cabbages and kings,
And why the sea is boiling hot,
And whether pigs have wings."


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