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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Where Obama Needs to Start on Jobs

Obama is going to give his "major" jobs speech soon, but everyone knows it's going to be more empty rhetoric that doesn't address the major problems. The WSJ has two articles this morning, both new and detrimental to job creation.

The first piece explains that under President Bush, there were 103 federal rules with economic costs of more than $1 billion. Under Obama, that has ballooned to 219 rules, and that excludes those that are still in the planning stage like Obamacare and Dodd-Frank which are both going to be scary huge.

The second piece explains the menace that Obama's highly politicized NLRB has become. It will require ALL businesses to put up posters that advertise for unions to help promote union membership.

The new rule issued last Thursday requires management to post notices about employee rights to unionize, collectively bargain and strike under the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRB believes that workers are not familiar enough with that 76-year-old law "and therefore cannot effectively exercise those rights." The ostensible basis for that conclusion is "the comparatively small percentage of private sector employees who are represented by unions."

These are just a couple of the regulations, and that doesn't count the EPA's extremely onerous new regulations. But don't expect Obama to reverse course and eliminate these damaging regulations or even mention them in his speech. The sad fact is that every action this man takes is a job killer. The only way the job market is going to recover is if Obama quickly loses his own.