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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Republicans Accidentally Try To Ban All Government Regulation Forever

House Republicans committed a Freudian typo in their much-hyped bill to stop government regulation, turning the bill from a temporary freeze into a permanent halt.

The “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act” is supposed to freeze much of the federal government’s regulatory power until the unemployment rate goes down to 6 percent. This is a bad enough idea to begin with — as former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert points out in this scathing editorial, freezing the government’s ability to create any new regulations is unbelievably dangerous — but an error in the text would actually make the bill even worse.

As George Zornick reports in The Nation, the bill actually states that the government cannot create any new regulations until employment reaches 6 percent.

(b) DETERMINATION.—The Secretary of Labor shall submit a report to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget when the Secretary determines that the Bureau of Labor Statistics average of monthly employment rates for any quarter beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act is equal to or less than 6.0 percent.

In other words, the freeze would be in effect until unemployment reaches an astronomical 94 percent. By this point, one would assume that the government would have greater concerns than the end of the Red Tape Reduction Act.

None of the Republicans’ public rhetoric has suggested that they are plotting to freeze government regulation until the end of days, so it can be safely assumed that they merely committed a catastrophic typo. Still, despite the absurdity of their error, it’s important to note that the Red Tape Reduction Act is no joke. If passed into law, the bill would leave the government literally incapable of passing rules to safeguard the environment, protect consumers, provide aid to veterans, and fulfill a host of its other basic functions. What’s worse, there’s no evidence that such a freeze would actually create a single job. As Boehlert put it in his editorial, calling referring to the bill as a job creation act “borders on self-parody” given the long term damage that it could to our economy.

Freezing government regulation until unemployment reaches six percent wouldn’t be as bad as freezing it forever, but it’s honestly not that far off. The Republicans end game is the same either way: to cripple the government’s ability to do its job.

  • bcarreiro

    do they work to live or live to work???…neither

  • It is revealing to see politicians trying to dismantle regulation in the wake of Bernie Madoff, ENRON, AIG, JP Morgan, and all the other scandals that contributed to the economic and fiscal malaise we are now enduring. And let’s not forget the BP fiasco in the Gulf…

  • ExPAVIC

    YOU ARE A LOST CASE

    Talk about too much regulation. Tell that to BP who is still trying to clean up 50 million gallons of goo and attempting to explain away the fact that the shrimp tastes oily, there are still dead birds and fish floating in the Gulf of Mexico, and you can swim in Florida waters and change the oil in your car at the same time at the same stretch of beach.

  • jrg973

    The GOPher’s don’t want government they want Dictatorial power and politics. Politics is not and has nothing to do with government, it is the realization of a slanted point of view for the benifit of a small minority. How many of the people who will vote for Romney will ever benifit from his, the GOP’s, hair brained skimes….And the answer is 1%. And you can take that to the bank baby, any bank and get less than 1% on it!

  • Everyone here needs to read a book called Magna Carta 1215 to understand how far the Gop and Tea Parties want to take America. The book as do many other historical ones show what life was like for the very rich and the very poor and that is the path we are headed down right now. I spent time in the military and understand what it means to be considered expendable but that is minor compared to how people were treated in those days. The sense of entitlement the rich have and even the newly rich assume immediately is incredible. anyone not them is not even considered as worth a grain of sand.

  • THIS LAWOULD INCENTIVIZE A POOR ECONOMY AND HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT. WHAT IS SAYS TO COMPANIES IS; AS LONG AS YOU DO NOT CREATE JOBS YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANY PESKY REGULATIONS. NOT ONLY NEW ONES, BUT EVEN ONES ALREADY A MATTER OF LAW.

    THIS IS THE ROMNEY GOP PLAN BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY CORPORATIONS; WHICH ARE PEOPLE MY FRIENDS.

    JOBS PLAN, MY AUNT FANNY!

    • DurdyDawg

      But the Pubs WANT to create jobs.. That’s why their running around silly. The corporations and industries said when they were asked, “Don’t like the man in charge, eh? Yeah, we can put a cap on jobs, you loosen the regs on how many days and hours we can work our employees, we can then work with a skeleton crew (uh, after giving the higher paids their pink slip).. but only for four years.. after that our profit margin will suffer and we’ll be forced to kick start the economy.” The Pubs felt this would be long enough to manipulate the presidency but as the deadline gets closer, their not certain their lackey will fit the bill so they create other options (mud slinging, voter id.. nonsensical bill passing, aggressive bills that will not pass, etc .). They want to take the credit when the corporations’ contract expires, they do not want the Dems to receive this credit because they know that if that happens, if they (the gop) doesn’t profit from this then all the stupid things they’ve done to that point will not be forgotten and may even threaten their opportunity in 2016.. However, if they get in, the economy will spurt and all sins will be forgiven, even unto 2016. What they do after that? Well as their puppet says, “We’ll get to those issues AFTER I’m in office.” (I read their book).

  • grammyjill

    Are all of the republicans completely out of their minds? I think we really NEED to get rid of all of them ASAP!!

    • DurdyDawg

      It would be easier to fumigate your house of cock roaches.. They will spray and kill off the surface but there’ll be many more behind the wood work.

  • first time any one in congress read a bill before voting on it???

  • DurdyDawg

    Let’s see.. (think, think, think).. Nope.. No mistake. Read their lips…

    “When the Secretary determines that the Bureau of Labor Statistics average of monthly employment rates for any quarter beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act is equal to or less than 6.0 percent.”

    No “typo” there.