CEI Today: Obama regulations, saving Greece, and EPA chemical regulation


Regulating Obama’s Regulators — And Those of Future Presidents

This month, President Obama released a new Executive Order building upon and making permanent the quest for regulatory savings in his January 2011 order called “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.”

The idea is to ensure that benefits “justify” (alas, not as strong as “exceed”) costs, and to emphasize the “least burdensome” means for achieving regulatory ends.

A problem though, is the paltry $10 billion or so in savings so far, touted as a significant achievement by Cass Sunstein, the head of President Obama’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB.  > Read the full comment on Openmarket.org

> Interview Wayne Crews



Realclearmarkets.com: 10 Ways the Greek People Can Save Themselves


The tragedy that is Greek democracy has entered its final act. Nothing can save the Greek government. Nothing can save the Greek banks. Nothing can keep Greece on the euro. But the Greek people still have the power to save themselves.

Last summer, I penned a column in Forbes titled "Give Greece What It Deserves: Communism." It generated an outpouring of bile from offended Greeks, many of whom blamed everyone but themselves for their troubles. The most recent Greek elections ignited another round of hateful accusations, along with the question, "What would you do to solve the problem?" Here is my answer.  > Read the full commentary on Realclearmarkets.com

> Interview Bill Frezza



Openmarket.org: EPA’s Design to Strong-Arm the Chemical Industry


If you believe the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, its Design for the Environment (DfE) program is an example of a voluntary effort to protect the environment. In reality, it’s nothing less than a tool designed strong-arm industry into abandoning useful products.

The program calls on companies to eliminate certain chemicals from their products voluntarily, largely based on hazard rather than actual risk. > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org


> Interview Angela Logomasini



Ten Thousand Commandments 2012

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State
May 15, 2012

The scope of federal government spending and deficits is sobering. Yet the government’s reach extends well beyond the taxes Washington collects and its deficit spending and borrowing. Federal environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations cost hundreds of billions—perhaps trillions—of dollars every year over and above the costs of the official federal outlays that dominate the policy debate.

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