“Sometimes You Can’t Defend the Indefensible”
-William Daley, 6/16/ 2011
Speaking last week to the National Association of Manufacturers, President Obama’s Chief of Staff tried his best to spin the Administration’s anti-business policies before acknowledging what everyone in the audience of job creators already knew: “Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible.”
The policies are indefensible, and so are many of the nearly 400 new regulations issued by the federal government so far this year. But there are actions that President Obama and his Administration can take now to help create jobs.
Call off the NLRB:
Drop the case against Boeing that jeopardizes more than 1,000 new jobs, and scrap the newly proposed rule to speed up union elections.
Rein in the EPA:
Halt the EPA’s train wreck of new regulations and costly requirements, including the agency’s effort to impose a backdoor energy tax that will slow economic growth and cost up to 1.4 million jobs by 2014.
Tap American energy sources:
Start allowing more permits for domestic energy production -- the Administration’s “permitorium” has already cost more than 20,000 jobs -- and expand access to federal lands for exploration of resources to ensure more reliable and affordable energy for our economy.
Boost American exports:
Send the pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia to Congress for approval. Continued delay could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Give job creators confidence their taxes won’t skyrocket:
Stop threatening to raise taxes on nearly 900,000 small businesses nationwide.
Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible. But there is much the Obama Administration can do right now to ease the burden of government on American businesses we need to create new jobs.