Lucas: Overregulation hurting business growth

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House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., says the threat of overregulation is hurting U.S. economic growth. The comments were made this week in a radio address

"It’s been said that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I’m from the government and I’m here to help,' Lucas said. "The Obama administration seems to feel that the best way to help America is through hundreds of thousands of pages of new regulations.”

The uncertainty created by the volume of new regulations makes it difficult for businesses to invest in new workers and job-creating expansions, according to a House press release.

This week, the House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing to learn more about the 2012 agenda for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).  The Committee will continue its oversight of the CFTC as it investigates the MF Global collapse and promulgates Dodd-Frank regulations. Committee Members will address the costs created by CFTC rules which would regulate businesses.

"Right now, the administration has more than 26 hundred regulations in development,” Lucas said. “They cover everything imaginable—from farming to financial markets, and from housing to health care. It’s a full-time job for business owners to keep up with all the regulations that will affect them.  With so much uncertainty, it’s no wonder that businesses are reluctant to make investments in new technology and new employees.”

"The most noticeable example of this is the Dodd-Frank regulations being developed right now.  Not only are they incredibly complex, but they are overly broad.  Main Street businesses are getting caught up in rules that were intended for the largest Wall Street traders. 

"Americans can’t afford any more government 'help' if it comes in the form of costly regulations." 

Source: House Agriculture Committee

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OH  |  March, 02, 2012 at 08:52 AM

Oh what BS. At present, cash accounts for more than 6 per cent of the assets on the balance sheets of US non-financial companies. That is the highest in at least six decades, and represents the fruit of record high profit margins. As a result, US corporate profits are higher, as a share of gross domestic product, than at any time since 1950. Also US corporations have $1.73 trillion in cash. Highest in history. Regulations are not preventing growth. Here is what is preventing growth. Wages and salaries account for the smallest share of GDP since 1955 — 54.9%.

Idaho  |  March, 02, 2012 at 09:09 AM

The government has done such a great job on urban America (NOT!!!) and they want to do the same to rural America. Fly over this country. The opportunity for future prosperity is not in our cities it is developing and promoting agriculture, forestry, mining, and range management. we do not need regulations and impediments, we need processes for developing these resources to be streamlined. Instead of years to get permits and approvals it should be weeks. There is a legion of people in this country whose sole purpose is to impede progress and stop economic developement. The federal government is an abject failure at business developement. The states that do the best job of promoting business developement will be the ones that prosper.

March, 02, 2012 at 05:33 PM

What can one expect coming from a president that never had a real job?

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