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- June 28, 2011

Obama Visits Iowa To Give Another Speech, But Probably Won’t Be Mentioning These Regulations And Policies Stifling Job Creation

“The President Will Visit Alcoa Davenport Works For A Tour And A Speech Scheduled For Shortly After 1 P.M., According To The White House.” (Kurt Allemeier, “Obama Has No Public Events Set For Q-C Visit,” Quad-City Times, 6/25/11)

IMPOSING MORE REGULATIONS FOR CARS, INCREASING COSTS FOR CONSUMERS

Obama Wants To Increase The Cost Of Cars By Increasing Fuel Economy Standards. “The Obama administration may require auto makers to roughly double the average fuel economy of their car and light truck fleets from current levels to 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025. White House officials outlined the plan to auto industry officials last week, said two people familiar with the matter, setting off a fight among auto makers, environmentalists and others.” (Josh Mitchell and Sharon Terlep, “Your Mileage May Vary,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/27/11)

  • “Government Officials Have Estimated The Costs Of The New Standards Would Add Between $770 And $3,500 To A New Car In 2025.” (Josh Mitchell and Sharon Terlep, “Your Mileage May Vary,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/27/11)

ISSUING MORE REGULATIONS ON ENERGY, COSTING JOBS AND MAKING ELECTRICITY MORE EXPENSIVE FOR FAMILIES

“Two New EPA Regulations Will Slam The Coal Industry So Hard That Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs Will Be Lost, And Electric Rates Will Skyrocket 11 Percent To Over 23 Percent, According To A New Study Based On Government Data.” (Paul Bedard, “Coal Regs Would Kill Jobs, Boost Energy Bills,” U.S. News & World Report’s “Washington Whispers,” 6/8/11)

  • The International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers, A Labor Union, Forecasts Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs To Be Loss As Result Of EPA Regulations.  “But the real impact is on jobs and economic growth. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers forecasts 50,000 of its members will lose their jobs within three years, and 200,000 additional jobs down the supply line.” (Editorial, “Stop EPA from killing coal,” The Detroit News, 6/23/11)

EPA Regulations Will Be “Passed On To Consumers In Higher Monthly Bills.”  “In Michigan, DTE estimates installing scrubbers on its coal plants will cost $2 billion, which will be passed on to consumers in higher monthly bills.” (Editorial, “Stop EPA from killing coal,” The Detroit News, 6/23/11)

LETTING NLRB BECOME A “FULL-BLOWN SUBSIDIARY OF BIG LABOR”

The NLRB Is Transforming “Into A Full-Blown Subsidiary Of Big Labor.” “The National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday continued its ongoing transformation from an impartial arbiter of union-management disputes into a full-blown subsidiary of Big Labor.” (Editorial, “Fixed For The Union,” Las Vegas Review-Journal6/22/11)

The NLRB Told Its Top Lawyer To Prevent Boeing From Using A Non-Union Plant In South Carolina. “Lawmakers from South Carolina and Washington state feuded Thursday over a bid by the top lawyer for the National Labor Relations Board to prevent Boeing from making Dreamliner 787s at a nonunion plant near Charleston, S.C., instead of at its current hub in Everett, Wash.” (James Rosen “Feud Over Nonunion Boeing Plant Crosses State, Party Lines,” McClatchy News Papers5/5/11)

The Seattle Times: We Wanted The Jet Built In Washington, “But That Is Boeing's Decision To Make, Not The Government's.” “The ‘other state’ is, of course, our own. This newspaper favored the company building the second 787 line here. We want Boeing to build its next commercial jetliner here and all its commercial jetliners here. But that is Boeing's decision to make, not the government's.” (Editorial, “NLRB Complaint Against Boeing Needs Critical Look,” The Seattle Times6/13/11)

OBAMACARE NOW RESORTING TO SPYING ON DOCTORS

Obama Administration Using “Mystery Shoppers” To Call Doctor’s Offices. “Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of ‘mystery shoppers’ to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.” (Robert Pear, “U.S. Plans Stealth Survey On Access To Doctors,” The New York Times, 6/26/11) 

Doctors Are Outraged By Such “Big Brother Tactics.”  “Plans for the survey have riled many doctors because the secret shoppers will not identify themselves as working for the government.  ‘I don’t like the idea of the government snooping,’ said Dr. Raymond Scalettar, an internist in Washington. ‘It’s a pernicious practice — Big Brother tactics, which should be opposed.’” (Robert Pear, “U.S. Plans Stealth Survey On Access To Doctors,” The New York Times, 6/26/11)

“Dr. Robert L. Hogue, A Family Physician In Brownwood, Tex., Asked: ‘Is This A Good Use Of Tax Money? Probably Not. Everybody With A Brain Knows We Do Not Have Enough Doctors.’” (Robert Pear, “U.S. Plans Stealth Survey On Access To Doctors,” The New York Times, 6/26/11)

EVEN WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF ADMITTED WHEN IT CAME TO REGULATIONS, “SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T DEFEND THE INDEFENSIBLE.”

White House Chief Of Staff Bill Daley: "Sometimes You Can’t Defend The Indefensible." “One by one, exasperated executives stood to air their grievances on environmental regulations and stalled free-trade deals. And Daley, the former banker tasked with building ties with industry, found himself looking for the right balance between empathy and defending his boss.  At one point, the room erupted in applause when Massachusetts utility executive Doug Starrett, his voice shaking with emotion, accused the administration of blocking construction on one of his facilities to protect fish, saying government ‘throws sand into the gears of progress.’ Daley said he did not have many good answers, appearing to throw up his hands in frustration at what he called ‘bureaucratic stuff that’s hard to defend.’ ‘Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible,’ he said.” (Peter Wallsten and Jia Lynn Yang, “White House’s Daley Seeks Balance In Outreach Meeting With Manufacturers,” The Washington Post, 6/16/11)

Click To Watch Daley Admit “You Can’t Defend The Indefensible”


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