Next time somebody tries to tell you that it doesn’t matter who’s in the White House, consider this report from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) yesterday. The Bush Administration has cut the growth rate of federal regulations by 68% since 2001. At the same time, the average benefit of major regs has doubled.
Many of you remember the battle over the over-reaching ergonomics regulation proposed by the Clinton Administration, a reg that was successfully beaten back through the enormous activism of America’s manufacturers — the same manufacturers who have model ergo programs. They just didn’t want a one-size-fits-all approach from the feds — or a reg that reached well beyond the workplace and cost billions as that one would have. On environmental regs, we spend more than any of our trading partners for environmental compliance.
This is no race to the bottom. We are at the top when it comes to providing a safe and healthy workplace, and will continue to do so, even without over-reaching federal regulations. Why? It’s just good business — something the nannies just don’t understand. We have far to go to ease the regulatory burden on manufacturers, but this is a start, a step in the right direction.
We’ll say it again: Elections matter.
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