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War on federal regulations:

The Republican-led House this week will push through legislation aimed at making government rules and regulations less burdensome for business, setting up a standoff with President Obama over some of his key initiatives, including the new health care law, and testing Obama’s efforts to appear more business friendly. The House measure, scheduled for a vote Thursday, would require committees “to inventory and review existing, pending, and proposed regulations” and the rules’ effect on jobs and economic growth.

2 Responses to “Here’s hoping”

  1. Ellen Says:

    If the governments can insist we file environmental impact statements whenever we do anything, this is only a turnabout of the fairest play.

  2. divemedic Says:

    As a firefighter-paramedic (public sector) and an educator (adult education, private sector), I can tell you that I tire of seeing incompetent coworkers, and I would LOVE to see them terminated.

    However, I can also say that it isn’t quite so easy. The only metrics used to measure the performance of public employees are politics and cost. Nowhere in the calculation is performance ever considered, even in so-called merit pay systems.

    Teaching can be effectively privatized, because the free market can function effectively. Don’t like a private school, you can always choose another. Not so with police and fire.

    I do not know what the answer is. For those that feel we can make do with no cops or firefighters, look at Somalia. For those who feel that the police and fire departments can be totally private, look to American history, and see what a disaster it was. (hint: Ben Franklin was fire chief of a for profit fire company)
    I know that the way we do it is not very efficient, but I can’t come up with a better idea. Suggestions?