While the president prepares for a “‘fun and informative’ bus tour on college costs,” his administration is making it harder for young Americans – and all other workers – to find a full-time job in his economy.
The Hill says the Obama administration is busy “solidifying the power of bureaucrats who churn out regulations,” “resulting in a steady increase in the number of federal mandates.” These are the same kinds of mandates and red tape repeatedly cited by small business owners as a top problem.
“Energy policy is more confused than ever and the volume of new regulations is mounting,” said Bill Dunkelberg, an economist for the nation’s largest small business group, NFIB. “Should I even mention the mounting problems with Obamacare?”
He doesn’t have to. “Employers around the country, from fast-food franchises to colleges, have told NBC News that they will be cutting workers’ hours below 30 a week” because of the president’s health care law. Full time jobs are disappearing in ObamaCare’s maze of regulations, mandates, and red tape.
But the White House hasn’t been listening. More “major rules” – those with “an annual economic impact exceeding $100 million” – “were enacted in 2010 than in any year dating back to at least 1997, according to the CRS.” There have been 330 major rules published in the last four years during the president’s “dramatic expansion of the regulatory state.”
And adding to the unfairness of it all is the administration’s willingness to delay mandates and regulations for big businesses while leaving small businesses, families, and individuals holding the bag.
That’s why Republicans have made reining in red tape a key part of our jobs plan. The House of Representatives has already passed several bills aimed at “removing artificial government barriers and red tape” to “preserve and strengthen Americans’ ability to build, grow, and compete with anyone.”
The REINS Act, for example, requires a vote in Congress on major rules. The Energy Consumers Relief Act brings common-sense oversight to government regulators, and the Coal Residuals Reuse Management Act scraps ‘war on coal’ regulations that would drive up costs and threaten thousands of jobs. The president has even signed legislation removing government barriers to hydropower.
The House has also passed bipartisan bills to delay both the employer mandate and the individual mandate from the president’s health care law, giving all Americans the same relief as big businesses.
“We want to expand American energy, simplify our tax code, reduce harmful regulations, and fix a broken government,” said Speaker Boehner. “If the president wants a ‘better bargain’ – I think it’s a pretty good place to start.”