Open Line Friday!

“I once again have become a titular head of the Republican Party, calling the shots.”

–Rush Limbaugh, yesterday

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  1. Libertad says:

    You know, regulations removed or modified, jobs created, economic prosperity inspired?

    Obama Orders Regulation Review to Boost U.S. Growth

    By Nicholas Johnston and Mike Dorning – Jan 18, 2011 10:16 AM MT

    Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue talks with Bloomberg’s Peter Cook about U.S. business regulation and taxation. Donohue also discusses the Chamber’s relations with the Obama administration, the president’s selection of William Daley as White House chief of staff and corporate taxes. (Source: Bloomberg)

    President Barack Obama ordered a review of U.S. regulations to remove or overhaul those that stifle economic expansion without helping consumers, advancing his outreach to the business community.

    Obama wrote in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal today that he is mandating “a government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive.” The initiative is part of an executive order he signed today, which he said would codify a “balanced” approach to regulation.

    The president has sought to counter perceptions that his administration is insensitive to business interests, appointing a former corporate executive as his new chief of staff and planning to speak to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 7. While the American recession ended in June 2009, employers have yet to step up hiring enough to pull the jobless rate below 9.4 percent.

    “This order requires that federal agencies ensure that regulations protect our safety, health and environment while promoting economic growth,” Obama wrote. “We are seeking more affordable, less intrusive means to achieve the same ends.”

    • ClubTwitty says:

      and you might come across as someone who isn’t just a (poorly written, badly argued) talking point barf-o-matic.  

      • Libertad says:

        I would have thought that the administration or leading Democratic thought organizations would have taken what the President said more seriously, the American people certainly do.

        The president makes a clarion call for action, yet there is no follow-up.

        Most people would assert that he doesn’t care, was full of crap, or demands no accountability from his own administration. None of these thoughts are good. They inspire the negative bent to the administrations poll results.

        • ClubTwitty says:

          educate yourself.  How does the executive branch go about implementing or repealing regulations?  What is the general timeframe?  What are the requirements and process?  Come back later when you know something.  

          • Libertad says:

            Now we all know that the administration makes administrative rule making. Of course it’s based off of statutes. The administration recklessly administered policy making (with Pelosi and team), then went on a frenzied rule making pitch that has been choking business. Heck, look at the rule making on our k-12 system, they have it just as bad.

            Just think, the Democrat-Obama malaise has only just begun. Democrat economy crushing policies are not fully implemented yet. Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, NLRB rulings, and crushing EPA regulations (ozone, clean coal, fracking …) will not be implemented until 2012+.

            However, your many other economy crushing ideas that have been stopped including card check, the equal pay act, carbon taxation (EPA is implementing a backdoor carbon taxation), amnesty and open borders (Obama is trying to bypass though), and new levels of crushing taxation (unlimited payroll taxes, increased state taxes (Colorado income tax rate increasing 8%) for federal mandates (particularly Obamacare).

    • raymond1 says:

      Because that showed your level of grasp on economic reality.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        generate “trillions in tax revenue” was by cutting a trillions of dollars from the taxes of the wealthiest 2%?

        I’m not sure why I think that, I might have heard it from Rush this week?

  2. Libertad says:

    Now you all know there are links to expand on this, but just incase you can’t google, here’s the primary reference page.

    For too long, the American people have been asking “Where are the jobs?” Unfortunately, the 13.9 million unemployed Americans have been ignored by the President and Democrats in Washington. Higher taxes, record spending, and bigger government has failed to create jobs or boost economic growth. Put simply, this economy is growing too slowly to replace the millions of jobs that have been lost. Instead of expanding the size of government, Republicans in Washington are committed to a pro-growth economic agenda that will put America back to work.

    Too Much Government Spending Results in Too Few Jobs

    More Taxation Will Not Create More Jobs

    Costly Regulations Cost Us American Jobs

  3. Libertad says:

    The subject line above was meant to grab your attention. It probably belongs more with a comment extolling the benefits and outcomes of previous Democrat attempts at job creation …. Let me know when you find that data.

    In the meantime, your Democratic thought leaders on race and religion.


    Why don’t we have words for people like Gingrich and Palin because you know, they’re essentially our Mullahs, our Taliban. We don’t even refer to them as but we should start calling them Cleric Gingrich and Mullah Taliban Palin. See how that fits….their level of bigotry is so un-American.

    – Michael Moore

    Isn’t Obama’s big problem that he does everything half ass? Maybe it’s because he’s only half black. If he was fully black, he would be a better president. There’s a white man in him, holding him back.

    – Bill Maher

  4. Ralphie says:

    must have drawn afternoon kindergarten this year.

  5. DavidThi808 says:

    I figure to counter the Libertad daily regurgitation of the same thing s/he’s posted for the past 3 years I’d post some interesting items.

    First up – Standard teaching vs. Khan Academy

    Among the students in the study who had valid scores on the pre and post course assessment, the results were similar for the treatment and the control group.  Students in the “control” or traditional summer school course, on average, increased their percentage of correct answers by 5.2% over the five-week period.  Students in the “treatment” or Khan class, on average, increased their percentage of correct answers 6.4%.

    As the article says, the study is too small to be statistically valid. But it definitely shows that the Khan Academy approach is worth further study.

  6. DavidThi808 says:

    Really good article about the very different approach to higher ed that WGU takes – The College For-profits Should Fear

    WGU’s answer to the status quo is to offer a degree that is based on competency rather than time. By gathering information from employers, industry experts, and academics, Western Governors formulates a detailed, institution- wide sense of what every graduate of a given degree program needs to know. Then they work backward from there, defining what every student who has taken a given course needs to know. As they go, they design assessments-tests-of all those competencies. “Essentially,” says Kevin Kinser, a professor of education at the State University of New York at Albany, “they’re creating a bar exam for each point along the way that leads to a degree.”

  7. DavidThi808 says:

    Why Founders Make the Best Leaders

    Outsider, non-founder CEOs are often overvalued because many corporate boards think the answer to their problems is a superstar CEO with an outsized reputation. This leads them to overpay for people who are good at creating outsized reputations through networking, interviewing, and taking credit for other peoples’ achievements–all bad indicators of future success.

    Rakesh Khurana has amply shown how this delusion of the charismatic savior creates a dysfunctional market for CEOs, allowing the small number of existing public-company CEOs to demand and receive extravagant compensation. The myth of the generalist CEO is bolstered by the many fawning media portrayals where CEOs say that their key jobs are understanding, hiring, and motivating people–leading board members to believe that you can run a technology company without knowing anything about technology.

  8. DavidThi808 says:

    What Every Government (Except One) Doesn’t Get About Startups

    With one noticeable exception, governmental entrepreneurship policies and initiatives appear to be less than optimal, with capital deployed inefficiently (read “They would have done better throwing the money in the street.”) Why? Because they haven’t defined the basics

    A scalable startup ecosystems is the ultimate capitalist exercise. It is not an exercise in “fairness” or patronage. While it’s a meritocracy, it takes equal parts of risk, greed, vision and obscene financial returns. And those can only thrive in a regional or national culture that supports an equal mix of all those.

  9. BlueCat says:

    Buh-bye! You guys have fun, though.

    • Car 31 says:

      Click on open thread –

      Scroll, Libertad – ignore post and replies.

      Scroll, scroll – David T., David T., David T., David T., ignore all.

      Scroll, scroll, scroll – more Libertad, more David T. – ignoring, ignoring…

      end of thread – done.

  10. Sir Robin says:

    You know who I’m talking to.

  11. SamCat says:

    When I first saw that link, I wondered why you would send us to a GOP site.  That’s what I get for jumping to conclusions based merely on my experience and history with the Repugs.

  12. ClubTwitty says:

    But August 2010 rolled around. Still no rules. The EPA asked for a further extension. Then October. Then December. Still nothing. Then the EPA said it wanted to go back and look at the science again, just to double-check. Sure enough, EPA’s scientific review board said that a standard of 60 to 70 parts per billion was the most cost-effective way to protect public health. And EPA administrator Lisa Jackson announced that the final rules would be in line with the science.

    Industry groups, obviously, weren’t pleased with this. They noted that complying with a stricter standard could cost them anywhere from $19 billion to $90 billion per year by 2020. (The EPA did, however, note that a tougher standard would yield benefits of $13 billion to $100 billion, and that the benefits would outweigh the costs.) Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor dubbed the ozone proposal “possibly the most harmful of all the currently anticipated Obama administration regulations.”

    So now, today, the White House announced that it’s not going to have any new rules. On a call with reporters, White House officials argued that it doesn’t make sense to put out new rules in 2011 when there’s going to be another scheduled review of the ozone science in 2013.

    Socializing costs, privating profits–the corporate way.  Thanks Mr. President!

    • ardy39 says:

      and it’s been tested by research …

      What ever industry groups claim to be the potential costs of compliance with environmental/safety/health regulations are overblown by at least 2 orders of magnitude.

      Interested persons can start with

      US GAO. (1999) Environmental Protection: Assessing the Impacts of EPA’s Regulations Through Retrospective Studies 5.

      Harrington, W. et al (1999) On the Accuracy of Regulatory Cost Estimates.

      Goodstein & Hodges (1997) Polluted Data: Overestimating Environmental Costs. Am. Prospect (Nov/Dec issue).

      There are many more such studies. Not only are the potential costs ridiculously over-estimated by industry groups, but good stiff regulations are best at stimulating innovation that dramatically reduces costs of compliance.

      Until the L-tads, ArapGOBs, MarkGs, and even ellbees of the world can come up with actual data to support their “job-killing” meme, it is wise to assume that they haven’t a clue what they are talking about.  

  13. ClubTwitty says:

    Rep. Joe Walsh on Friday accused President Obama of abusing his power when he asked House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress to outline his latest vision for how he wants to create jobs.

    “There is no reason for him to call a joint session of Congress,” the Illinois Republican said in an interview with MSNBC, “we reserve that for heads of states from dignitaries around the world and presidents in moments in crisis, and monumental moments.”

    “I believe he is abusing the position here,” Walsh added.

  14. DavidThi808 says:

    Apple’s Lost iPhone Search Team Flashed Three Badges to Toss Man’s Home – weird story

    According to Officer Dangerfield, “three or four” plainclothes officers did in fact take part. But, the officers did not enter Calderon’s home with the Apple security team.

    First reported by SF Weekly, it’s come to light Apple investigators looking for a lost iPhone prototype might’ve impersonated SF police officers to search the Bernal Heights home of Sergio Calderon. A family member tells us that at least three members of the team that searched the home flashed badges.

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