Bayh, Card to tour U.S. in Chamber campaign against regulations

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Former Senator Evan Bayh and former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card will tour the U.S. in a campaign by the Chamber of Commerce urging small businesses to fight regulations they say are stunting job growth.

Bayh, a Democrat from Indiana, and Card, who worked for Republican President George W. Bush, said Wednesday they will visit states including Georgia, Illinois, West Virginia and Wisconsin to showcase pending federal regulations and seek reactions and suggestions.

Since President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, regulations have been implemented at a rate about 50 percent higher than under his predecessors, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Chamber, the nation’s largest business group.

“As the country emerges from one of the most serious economic downturns in recent history, the last thing we need are more regulations that impose heavy burdens on job creations,” Bayh told reporters in Washington. Bayh and Card are paid representatives, according to the Chamber.

Obama has started an initiative to review existing rules to make sure they aren’t too onerous on businesses. The White House said in May that 30 U.S.agencies will repeal or modify regulations, including those governing vapor recovery systems at gas stations and labeling mandates for hazardous materials.

The Dodd-Frank overhaul of the financial industry has led to more than 500 new regulations, while the new health-care law has given authority to 159 new agencies, commissions and panels that operate without accountability, according to Bruce Josten. the Chamber’s executive vice president for government affairs.

While Josten, Bayh, and Card said they understood the need for regulation, they said adding to the burden, as with the rules for Dodd-Frank, will slow job creation and lead to U.S. industry moving overseas.

“I’m not sure what’s the right number,” Josten said. “But that’s too many.”



  • The Snake Oil Tour Begins!
    The road show that Andrew Card and Evan Bayh are about to take won't be on much more than a rickety cart as they sell their snake oil in the guise of "regulatory reform." Here's what Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen said earlier this month when the Card/Bayh puppet show was first announced:

    "Evan Bayh and Andy Card both know from their years of government service that the propaganda from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on regulation has no basis in reality. The should be ashamed of themselves."

    For the real facts on regulations, visit http://www.sensiblesafeguards.org/press
  • Simplify Taxes by reducing special interests
    K.I.S.S. should be applied. As a small business owner in Fishers I'm overwhelmed by the regulations that are based on favoritism and special interest.

    It's important to keep a Top 10 (or even Top 50) set goals for the *greater good* of the country in mind. Beyond that, it just becomes inefficient bureaucracy!

    What's your Top 10? Here's my quick list off the top of my head:
    "Sustainable Energy Solutions and plan"
    "Efficiency improvements--both energy and less bureaucracy"
    "Clean Environment"
    "Education that is balanced, unbiased, and focused on logical and objective thinking skills. (A little emphasis on basic accounting wouldn't hurt)"
    "Less Government, More Leadership. (By Example preferably)"
    "Less Imperialism. We have real problems here and don't gain from foreign wars. There is such thing as trickle-down jobs/money."
    "Reduce Tax Code to 3 types TOTAL: (here's the part where he comes in) 1.Consumption Tax (can only vary to directly steer the above Top 10 goals--no being *creative* here...Directly is the key word.) 2.Property Tax (so the isolationists can't take advantage of our national defense benefits for free just because they barter/trade/self-produce), 3.BIG Estate Tax (so families do not gain too much power over generations. 0-50% linear scale with 50% starting at $2-5MM. If you can't survive and thrive with less than $5MM inheritance then you are lame and don't deserve even that much of a jump-start. imho)

    It's very difficult to do business in the U.S. because of the overhead caused by complex tax laws. Let's simplify and get rid of all the special interests and corporate welfare.
  • Bayh has dropped his fig leaf
    Evan Bayh is everything that is wrong with America these days. He has sold his soul to the very corporate interests that have acquired our government. Sadly, the only thing notable about Bayh's complete turn to the darkside is that at one time he was a Democrat and is the offspring of a progressive Democratic Senator. I weep for the future of America and sincerely hope that my fellow Hoosiers will someday awaken from their right-wing media fed trance and realize they are being lied to on a grand scale by both parties.
  • Evan Bayh
    Evan and Susan always seemed to be pretty cozy with business interests, this should come as no surprise to anyone. I think it worthwhile to note that most of these pending regulations were created during the Bush administration. They must have been OK with them at the time - I wonder what changed?
  • wrong party
    It is incorrect to call Evan Bayh a Democrat. He left the Democratic party years ago. He is now a Chamber of Commerce, Fox News Republican. I hope his tour does not include Indiana.

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