Friday, September 2, 2011

More Bullshit from the Tea Party GOP: Regulations Kill Jobs

You know, when you actually, you know, leave the Washington DC metro area and actually, you know, like, ask business people what they think about regulations, you might actually, you know, learn something about the things you're saying that are complete and utter fabrications....  As this news story (not an opinion piece, mind you, but actual, you know, news with sources and data and stuff like that; try not to let that throw you off, Tea Party-ers...) from McClachy discovered,
Politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy. However, little evidence of that emerged when McClatchy canvassed a random sample of small business owners across the nation.

"Government regulations are not 'choking' our business, the hospitality business," Bernard Wolfson, the president of Hospitality Operations in Miami, told The Miami Herald. "In order to do business in today's environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them. The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things in order."

What? You mean regulations aren't choking the life out of the small-business owners? How can that be?  There must be some mistake.  Our Dear Leaders keep telling us that Regulations Are Killing Jobs!!!!
McClatchy reached out to owners of small businesses, many of them mom-and-pop operations, to find out whether they indeed were being choked by regulation, whether uncertainty over taxes affected their hiring plans and whether the health care overhaul was helping or hurting their business.

Their response was surprising.

None of the business owners complained about regulation in their particular industries, and most seemed to welcome it. Some pointed to the lack of regulation in mortgage lending as a principal cause of the financial crisis that brought about the Great Recession of 2007-09 and its grim aftermath.
Fuck you, Tea Party GOP.  Fuck you with a red-hot poker.

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