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Republicans Set To Go On Koch Fueled Deregulation Binge

ProudProgressive 2011/08/30 15:54:41


Republicans Set To Go On Koch Fueled Deregulation Binge


August 30, 2011By Rmuse3diggsdiggShare111



During campaigning for the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans promised to make job creation their highest priority and from the start of the 112th Congress to now, they voted to repeal the Affordable Health Act, assailed women’s right to choose their reproductive health, and proposed Draconian spending cuts to destroy nearly 2 million jobs. Along the way, the Republicans held the debt limit hostage to get more spending cuts and now that the summer recess is over, they are ramping up plans to repeal, reduce, and rein-in regulations to boost profits for corporations and further damage the economy and the American people. Thus far, Republican deficit reduction and spending cuts have not created jobs because that was never their focus to begin with, and now they realize the American people are on to their do-nothing agenda so they are working harder; to help corporations. Their plans to end regulations and give more tax breaks to big business will not create jobs, but they will satisfy the Koch brothers and Heritage Foundation who instructed Republicans what corporations need to increase profits. The number one question though is; what is ending labor and environmental regulations going to do for the welfare of the American people? The short answer; nothing.



For the next three months, Republicans will attempt to pass legislation that guarantees Americans work longer hours for less wages, breathe polluted air, drink dirty water, and become equals with Chinese peasants. It is a recurring theme for Republicans to give preferential treatment to big oil and corporations at the expense of Americans’ health and safety, so their big plans are nothing new, but their contention that the economy and jobs will grow from their deregulation frenzy is just another in a long list of lies to trick Americans into supporting a corporatist agenda. Since the Reagan Administration, Republicans have claimed regulations are a bane to prosperity, and although their assertions are fallacious, they return to their deregulation meme as an act of obedience to their masters in the corporate world.



Eric Cantor, the vile Virginia liar, has sent a letter to rank-and-file Republicans alerting them that the House will target 10 major regulations for elimination, and will also seek to enact one major tax cut for business. Cantor’s plans, which mirror the Koch Industries’ secret policy meeting agenda, targets regulations from the National Labor Relations Board, the Environmental Protection Agency’s pollution rules, and regulations that affect health plans for small businesses. In addition, the Republicans plan a 20% deduction of taxable income for businesses.



Republicans are still pushing their lie that President Obama is purposely hampering job creation with unreasonable regulations that make it impossible for businesses to compete as well as burdensome corporate tax rates. Cantor announced the Republican plan to eliminate regulations that protect the nation’s air and water supply on Fox News. He said, “I think the administration has already demonstrated that it is not interested in focusing on private sector growth. What our list demonstrates is: Washington now has gotten in the way, and we’ve got to make it easier, finally, for small business people to grow.” Cantor, a habitual liar, did not remind Fox News’ viewers that when the president proposed tax breaks and incentives for small businesses (fewer than 200 employees) that hired new employees, Republicans blocked the measure to restrict businesses from expanding.



The environmental protections Republicans intend to eliminate primarily benefit corporations that are responsible for particulate pollution, increased ozone levels, and greenhouse gases. It is part of a plan to encourage corporations to compete with China’s manufacturing sector that produces filthy air so more Americans with asthma and lung disorders suffocate as they go about their daily lives. There is also bad news for young children who are particularly susceptible to lung disease when they have a steady diet of dirty air from birth. It is interesting that Republicans, who tout American exceptionalism, are desperate to emulate Communist China that boasts some of the unhealthiest air in the world. However, perhaps that is the goal after all because Republicans and their bosses at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have envied China’s lack of environmental protections for a decade. If Republicans are successful, the dirty-air pictures from the Beijing Olympics will be the norm for America.



Republican assertions that regulations and high tax rates are devastating economic growth and job creation contrast the most prosperous economic period in recent history. During the Clinton Administration, tax rates were higher than they are today, and the EPA’s budget was increased substantially resulting in cleaner air and water, economic growth, and millions of new jobs. The Clinton economic prosperity came to a screeching halt when George W. Bush and Republicans went on the last deregulation and tax reduction frenzy. Most Americans remember what the last Republican round of deregulation caused and yet Republicans are eager to return to the same disastrous policies to enrich corporations. Republicans are like the proverbial dog that returns to eat its own vomit except they are taking the entire country along for another putrid meal that guarantees America will be like China. The Republicans are responsible for America’s poverty level equaling China, and they will not be satisfied until American wages and air keep pace with the communist nation. So much for American exceptionalism.



For Americans who love breathing unhealthy air and drinking toxic water, the Republican deregulation plans are absolutely delightful. The stupid Americans who enjoy working for poverty-level wages in unsafe environments will welcome the Republicans’ plans as well, but instead of coveting China, they should just relocate there now and get an early start on lung disease, low-life expectancy, and abject poverty. However, for Americans who enjoy clean air, water, and decent working conditions, the Republicans’ China-jealousy is a disastrous development. Eric Cantor and Republicans should title their agenda; How to become China in the 112th Congress, because that will be the result of Republican deregulation.


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  • Sofahead 2011/08/30 22:49:47
    Sofahead
    +1
    I'll reread it again but skeptism abounds since it reads like one of sarcastic biased Liberal or anti-Conservative rants that frequently appears as one of these comments.
  • Lady Whitewolf 2011/08/30 19:31:26
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    It's no longer "we the people" but now "we the wealthy"....
  • AARGH! Lady Wh... 2011/08/30 20:15:43
  • Darkitec 2011/08/30 18:48:14
    Darkitec
    +1
    Toxic drinking water? The cooling system waste water at My father's manufacturing plant was cleaner than the potable drinking water comming into the plant. They were required by EPA regulations to buy thousands of dollars of equipment and filters and required to spend hundreds of dollars monthly to remove a chemical from their cooling water system, that the government does not require to be removed from the drinking water comming into the plant. If it's good enough for us to drink than it's good enough to be pumped back into the sewer system without filtering.
  • dave b 2011/08/30 18:44:54
    dave b
    +1
    You Progressive Communists just want to follow CommieMexifornias lead and regulate business right out of business. 205 companies left Cali in 2010 because of high taxes and over-regulation....and you obviously want that for the rest of the country, dont you?
  • merlinskiss 2011/08/30 18:34:57
    merlinskiss
    Deregulation of financial institutions got us in to the mess we are in today. So, looks like corporatism and more Plutocracy would be even better for some but certainly not for the US or the unemployed. Looks like more business as usual if the Repubs win. Of course if the Dems win, nothing will change either. So, looks like the answer is to not elect anyone from either of the two parties...
  • ruralntex 2011/08/30 18:23:55
    ruralntex
    +1
    Corporations are owned by shareholders. Many of those shareholders are working people with 401K retirement plans. Those stock holders want a profit so that they can retire comfortably one day. That is if Obbie and your socialist don't confiscate their savings first. Most government actions are impediments to profit for the corporations. Those companies will start fewer projects if income is to be confiscated or the project itself blocked by idealistic environmental claptrap.
  • merlins... ruralntex 2011/08/30 18:37:08
    merlinskiss
    +1
    Unregulated corporations are nothing but bad news for the average American. Stockholders and corporations have no souls and could care less about the average citizen. That is the reality of the world I was in for over 35 years.
  • Jimbo merlins... 2011/08/30 19:50:03
    Jimbo
    +1
    Every year big brokerage houses and hedge funds steal equity from the 401Ks and pensions which are in it for the long term. Look at any large cap stock with close to 50% institutional and see the roller coaster ride daily as sell offs buy backs with cents difference steal billions from stock prices over the year. Supercomputers do is effortlessly while the small guy has little chance to compete. A stock transaction fee of .01% would at least slow it down a smidge not to mention garner revenue for US Sam. That would be $1 for every $10,000 transacted not hurting the little guy in the least.
  • merlins... Jimbo 2011/08/31 17:51:51
    merlinskiss
    Might just work.
  • ruralntex merlins... 2011/08/30 21:14:53
    ruralntex
    +1
    I agree that some regulation is always going to be needed, because without it you will get the Bernie Madhoffs and Kenneth Lays, or some joker dumping toxic waste in the drinking water. What I don't like is the way we have set up these huge bureaucracies that cost billions to operate. Government is historically inefficient and overpriced. The EPA, FDA, OSHA and many more are separate from where the average American ultimately seeks relief from people and corporations. What I am saying is that these oversight outfits would be much more cost effective as information sources and friends of the court. A tenth of the people would be needed for the oversight if they just supported individuals in their legal actions against the violators. Can your hear shifty lawyers rubbing their hands together at the thought? The courts is where the real regulation should exist, not someone in the executive or legislative branches. Those two branches have lots to work on without all that.
  • merlins... ruralntex 2011/08/31 17:54:05
    merlinskiss
    It is the real question isn't it? Who watches over the regulators to make sure they are doing their job? As we have recently seen, nobody?
  • Jimbo 2011/08/30 17:49:10
    Jimbo
    +2
    Long before Keynes there was this president.
    "The government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the government and the buying power of consumers. The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of government, but it is the government's greatest creative opportunity. The financing of all public enterprise, and the conduct of the treasury will become matters of practical administration. Money will cease to be master and will then become servant of humanity."
    Abraham Lincoln.

    He also knew of the destruction of working class Americans.
    "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country; corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in High Places will follow, and the Money Power of the Country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the People, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war"

    He foresaw our destruction from within.
    "Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step over the ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! -- ...







    Long before Keynes there was this president.
    "The government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the government and the buying power of consumers. The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of government, but it is the government's greatest creative opportunity. The financing of all public enterprise, and the conduct of the treasury will become matters of practical administration. Money will cease to be master and will then become servant of humanity."
    Abraham Lincoln.

    He also knew of the destruction of working class Americans.
    "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country; corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in High Places will follow, and the Money Power of the Country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the People, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war"

    He foresaw our destruction from within.
    "Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step over the ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! -- All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a Thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."

    He knew the reason why? How we gave power to people without character.
    "Nearly all men can withstand adversity; if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    He knew how to make corrections.
    "Ballots are the rightful, and peaceful, successors of bullets; and that when ballots have fairly, and constitutionally, decided, there can be no successful appeal, back to bullets; that there can be no successful appeal, except to ballots themselves, at succeeding elections."

    Can we stop corporations from being enthroned before our republic is destroyed? It is really up to us, we the people with the power of the ballot box.
    (more)
  • Teancum79 2011/08/30 17:33:11
    Teancum79
    The removal of regulations does not equal longer hours for less work or the other problem you suggest.
  • Live Free Or Die 2011/08/30 17:30:32
    Live Free Or Die
    +1
    We need regulations for environmental protection and conservation, worker safety and consumer protection. While I'm not too crazy about the democrats, the republicans only care about the corporations, not the people. But since "the president proposed tax breaks and incentives for small businesses (fewer than 200 employees) that hired new employees, and Republicans blocked the measure to restrict businesses from expanding" I think it's safe to say they are the real job killers.
  • YouSirName 2011/08/30 16:33:59
    YouSirName
    +3
    More lies from the repubs. One would think that even the TP would be able to see the corporate agenda that cares only for maximizing profits to the wealthy. It is sad when the victims cry for "more."
  • JoeBtfsplk 2011/08/30 16:06:18
    JoeBtfsplk
    +1
    Obama has to go.

    De-regulation campaign sure to be a big pain for Democrats.(and stupid people)
  • Jimbo JoeBtfsplk 2011/08/30 18:22:54
    Jimbo
    +1
    Nothing like a Gulf oil spill to create jobs. SHCs are not exactly Lex Luthors.
  • xscd 2011/08/30 16:01:36 (edited)
    xscd
    +2
    We need to take the country out of the hands of big business and their Republican operatives in government, and place it back in the hands of the people, however we can do that.
  • AARGH! 2011/08/30 16:00:32 (edited)
  • Lady Wh... AARGH! 2011/08/30 19:32:10
    Lady Whitewolf
    read what I said....

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