Mr. President, if Jobs are a Priority, Why the Regulatory Overkill?

President Obama holds a White House news conference at 11 a.m. today. We hope reporters have time for questions about the economy after all the folderol about Florida book burning.

May we respectfully suggest a query along the lines of:

Mr. President, even as you promote tax cuts on business to help spur growth and job creation, employers and business groups are protesting the vast expansion of federal regulations that add to their costs and worsen economic uncertainty. As a representative of the National Association of Manufacturers recently testified before the EPA:

Manufacturers are attempting to fully recover from the steepest economic downturn since the 1930s and bring back the 2.2 million high-wage jobs lost during the previous recession. Federal policy makers should create conditions that will lead to economic expansion and not stifle the vitality necessary to create jobs.

The NAM and its member companies are confronting an avalanche of additional rules and regulations from EPA including the reconsideration of the 2008 “Ozone Standard,” the Boiler MACT rule, and the imposition of first-time federal regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

Are employers right to be concerned? Some have even suggested a moratorium on new, non-emergency regulations to allow the economy to recover. Would you consider such a one- or two-year halt to these new regulations?

Or, alternatively, a more direct question: “Mr. President, do you have any idea what your EPA is up to?”

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