Republican Leader Asks Businesses Which Laws To Change

issa110810Curious who will be writing the legislation in Congress henceforth? Look towards the drug and oil industries. The House oversight committee’s incoming chairman, Republican Darrell Issa, has begun by sending out letters to 150 companies and business associations asking what laws are constraining growth and need to be changed. Politico reports:

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants the oil industry, drug manufacturers and other trade groups and companies to tell him which Obama administration regulations to target this year.

The incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – in letters sent to more than 150 trade associations, companies and think tanks last month – requested a list of existing and proposed regulations that would harm job growth.

“It was a broad net that we cast,” Issa spokesman Kurt Bardella said.

Bardella did not have a complete list of groups that received an inquiry from Issa or their responses. But a partial list obtained by POLITICO includes ones sent Dec. 13 to Duke Energy, the Association of American Railroads, FMC Corp., Toyota and Bayer. Others receiving inquiries from Issa over the course of the month included the American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) and entities representing health care and telecommunication providers.

“I believe for the last couple of years that we were honestly shut out of this debate at least on the House side,” NPRA President Charles Drevna said. “Our policy positions haven’t changed one iota. [But] is there a better chance of what I would consider a more fair hearing? Absolutely.” Drevna received a letter from Issa late last month.

The list of regulatory grievances appears wide-ranging. Rosario Palmieri, NAM’s vice president for regulatory policy, and Drevna both highlighted EPA greenhouse gas controls for major emitters that went into effect Sunday.

Palmieri said the group also highlighted in their response to Issa upcoming EPA decisions over whether to tighten limits on ground-level ozone and controlling hazardous air pollutants from incinerators and boilers.

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  • Anonymous

    Why don’t they just have a contest? You know, like the kind we all participated in during our school days?

    Terms: Please submit to the Darryl Isa, in 2000 pages or less, any proposed legislation to dismantle democracy in the United States. Entries will be evaluated on the extent to which they advance the goal of our plutocratic masters and exacerbate income inequalities and the ability of banks to counterfeit bogus M3 en masse. Also, spelling counts.

    Prize: Anal rape session against 98% of the United States population.

    Good luck!

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Why don’t they just have a contest? You know, like the kind we all participated in during our school days?

    Terms: Please submit to the Darryl Isa, in 2000 pages or less, any proposed legislation to dismantle democracy in the United States. Entries will be evaluated on the extent to which they advance the goal of our plutocratic masters and exacerbate income inequalities and the ability of banks to counterfeit bogus M3 en masse. Also, spelling counts.

    Prize: Anal rape session against 98% of the United States population.

    Good luck!

    • Honu

      what kind of school did you go to? We had anal rape every day at lunch.

  • Honu

    what kind of school did you go to? We had anal rape every day at lunch.

  • Haystack

    Woo! Tea Party! Populism! Yeah!

    We’re mad as hell and we want to know what laws the oil companies would like us to pass!

  • Haystack

    Woo! Tea Party! Populism! Yeah!

    We’re mad as hell and we want to know what laws the oil companies would like us to pass!

  • Anonymous

    ….and this is somehow different from corporate lobbying? Just bypass the lining of the pockets of politicos? Then hell froze over and Tom and Jerry made friends. Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd are now applying for a gay marriage certificate.

    God said “fuck it -murder and raping small children is now OK also”

  • GoodDoktorBad

    ….and this is somehow different from corporate lobbying? Just bypass the lining of the pockets of politicos? Then hell froze over and Tom and Jerry made friends. Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd are now applying for a gay marriage certificate.

    God said “fuck it -murder and raping small children is now OK also”

    • Haystack

      We don’t call them lobbyists anymore. They’re “stakeholders.”

  • 5by5

    And this is the corporate whore who’s been threatening to investigate Obama for “rampant corruption”…

  • 5by5

    And this is the corporate whore who’s been threatening to investigate Obama for “rampant corruption”…

    • warbear

      wasnt it mussolini who said that fascism is described as government control of the economy and the corporations? what would you call that in reverse? corporate elitism? so many questions…

      • E.B. Wolf

        Actually Mussolini said fascism could be described as corporatism, as it is essentially the merger of state and corporate power rather than the takeover of one by the other.

  • warbear

    wasnt it mussolini who said that fascism is described as government control of the economy and the corporations? what would you call that in reverse? corporate elitism? so many questions…

  • Haystack

    We don’t call them lobbyists anymore. They’re “stakeholders.”

  • kebab

    If he don’t know what laws that are “constraining growth”, then he ain’t qualified to have his position. What a moron. Sending letters to corporations, more or less asking to be bribed. He should get an economic education, then he wouldn’t be needing to ask like a corrupted rat fuck.

  • kebab

    If he don’t know what laws that are “constraining growth”, then he ain’t qualified to have his position. What a moron. Sending letters to corporations, more or less asking to be bribed. He should get an economic education, then he wouldn’t be needing to ask like a corrupted rat fuck.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Lobbyists already write the bills that the GOP pushes forward…and pretty much have for the last couple decades…this isn’t much of a change except that a few middlemen might get eliminated. Obviously those who legally invested their millions in free political advertising for the benefit of GOP candidates are reaping the rewards for that investment now. It should be a slight consolation to watch the frothing Tea-guzzlers suddenly experience the same disheartening dose of reality that Obamafans just coped with over the last two years.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Lobbyists already write the bills that the GOP pushes forward…and pretty much have for the last couple decades…this isn’t much of a change except that a few middlemen might get eliminated. Obviously those who legally invested their millions in free political advertising for the benefit of GOP candidates are reaping the rewards for that investment now. It should be a slight consolation to watch the frothing Tea-guzzlers suddenly experience the same disheartening dose of reality that Obamafans just coped with over the last two years.

  • gondolfin

    Why won’t the Dems ask the poeple to make a turn, a turn away from corporate sposorship and prostitution once and for all? Who’s in charge here, the voters or the corporations? This seems to me the high-road to Mussolini-land.

  • Anonymous

    Why won’t the Dems ask the poeple to make a turn, a turn away from corporate sposorship and prostitution once and for all? Who’s in charge here, the voters or the corporations? This seems to me the high-road to Mussolini-land.

  • Andrew

    I’d like to change the law that grants unincorporated persons the rights of citizenship.

  • Andrew

    I’d like to change the law that grants unincorporated persons the rights of citizenship.

  • Jason

    I’m pretty sure that this ought to be illegal, i mean, he just straight up asked, IN PUBLIC no less, for corporations, and not just any corporations, but the BIGGEST corporations, what laws he ought to change. This doesn’t strike anyone else as 100% against public interest? They’re just flaunting their power now because they know we can’t do anything about it.

    Also, should we really worry about creating MORE jobs in a country where so many current business practices are INCREDIBLY illegitimate and inefficient and designed to betray and addict customers or trick people out of money? I think we need more efficiency and LESS business, god forbid we dont all have to work 40 hour weeks for the rest of our lives to support all this technology thats supposed to be making our lives easier, but it turns out WE have to work harder to support IT.

    Our leaders and our corporations all have their heads up their asses, no one cares for the public any longer, and the public no longer has any voice. We cannot stand up and fight, they have more power than the unfocused, misinformed and misled public. The only thing they have to do is cut the power and we’ll all die or kill each other in about 2 days. Wake up America, capitalism is dead, and if we dont grow up before it dies, we’re gonna die with it.

  • Jason

    I’m pretty sure that this ought to be illegal, i mean, he just straight up asked, IN PUBLIC no less, for corporations, and not just any corporations, but the BIGGEST corporations, what laws he ought to change. This doesn’t strike anyone else as 100% against public interest? They’re just flaunting their power now because they know we can’t do anything about it.

    Also, should we really worry about creating MORE jobs in a country where so many current business practices are INCREDIBLY illegitimate and inefficient and designed to betray and addict customers or trick people out of money? I think we need more efficiency and LESS business, god forbid we dont all have to work 40 hour weeks for the rest of our lives to support all this technology thats supposed to be making our lives easier, but it turns out WE have to work harder to support IT.

    Our leaders and our corporations all have their heads up their asses, no one cares for the public any longer, and the public no longer has any voice. We cannot stand up and fight, they have more power than the unfocused, misinformed and misled public. The only thing they have to do is cut the power and we’ll all die or kill each other in about 2 days. Wake up America, capitalism is dead, and if we dont grow up before it dies, we’re gonna die with it.

  • Caelidh

    Republican to Credit Card companies “wow.. we know you have been shafted by the Obama administration.. [not really.. but obama is such a convenient scapegoat] How can we ease your troubled burden of not being able to charge as high of inter…est rates as you want?.. We want you to be happy!!”

    Republicans to corporations…
    “Oh.. is the regulation on illegal toxic waste dumping eating into your precious profits… how can we lift that burden to you? We know that these whiny citizens who cry out CANCER are just SUCH a pain in the butt.. how can we shut them up for you?

    REpublicans to the Insurance Industry

    “We know that Obama really gave it to you [not really].. We know that you are just barely making ends meet now and that this healthcare reform is going to be too hard of a burden on you.. how can we help? Oh.. want to be able to dump sick people? SURE we will get right on it.. after all you have to make a profit.. and these freeloading sick people are making it hard for you.. so we will get on that right away!”See More

  • Caelidh

    Republican to Credit Card companies “wow.. we know you have been shafted by the Obama administration.. [not really.. but obama is such a convenient scapegoat] How can we ease your troubled burden of not being able to charge as high of inter…est rates as you want?.. We want you to be happy!!”

    Republicans to corporations…
    “Oh.. is the regulation on illegal toxic waste dumping eating into your precious profits… how can we lift that burden to you? We know that these whiny citizens who cry out CANCER are just SUCH a pain in the butt.. how can we shut them up for you?

    REpublicans to the Insurance Industry

    “We know that Obama really gave it to you [not really].. We know that you are just barely making ends meet now and that this healthcare reform is going to be too hard of a burden on you.. how can we help? Oh.. want to be able to dump sick people? SURE we will get right on it.. after all you have to make a profit.. and these freeloading sick people are making it hard for you.. so we will get on that right away!”See More

  • E.B. Wolf

    Actually Mussolini said fascism could be described as corporatism, as it is essentially the merger of state and corporate power rather than the takeover of one by the other.

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