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Istook-EPA Called Off

Recorded on September 5, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

To his credit, President Obama ordered the EPA to stand down and retract new ozone regulations that could have made our struggling economy even worse.

The EPA plan carried a price tag of $90-billion a year, making it tougher than ever for companies to stay in business, much less to expand. Since there were no net jobs added nationwide in August—zero—we don't need more killer red tape.

But Obama can do more. He'd been taking the position that federal bureaucrats are just doing their job—but now he acknowledges that they work for him and he can give them directions.

Obama can and should get other bureaucrats to shape up—like the National Labor Relations Board that is giving labor unions undue and uneven advantage over employers. Cutting red tape would go a long way to giving businesses the reassurance that it's safe to start hiring again.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.