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June 22, 2010

Regulations hamper oil spill clean up

First regulations failed to prevent the oil spill, and now regulations are preventing the spill from being cleaned. That’s not unusual. Government regulations often make problems worse, as with the regulations described in the sample letter below.

Please send a letter to Congress asking them to stop impeding the oil spill clean up, and to do less in general so they can focus more on trying to do a few things right.

You can copy or borrow from my sample letter to Congress . . .

You politicians constantly tell us that your regulations are needed to protect the environment. But it looks like your regulations are actually harming the environment, by strangling efforts to clean the BP oil spill.

Read this story: http://abcnews.go.com/WN/bp-oil-spill-gov-bobby-jindals-wishes-crude/story?id=10946379

The Obama administration forced Lousiana to stop using 16 barges that were sucking up oily water.

And then this story: http://www.examiner.com/x-7812-DC-SCOTUS-Examiner~y2010m6d14-Obama-blocked-cleanup-of-BP-oil-spill-by-Americas-allies-Failed-to-issue-needed-Jones-Act-waiver

A stupid set of laws, called the Jones Acts, have blocked foreign crews from helping to clean the oil spill.

I think you guys need to start regulating less, and doing less in general. BP is paying a huge price for its incompetence, and deservedly so, but you guys constantly get a free ride. You aren’t responsible for anything!

* You’re a monopoly
* Everything you do is based on force
* It’s almost impossible to fire any of you
* And you constantly use your own failings as an excuse to grab more power

The good news is, the American people are witnessing your failures. And like me, they’re letting you know. Your own political survival might depend on more than pleasing rhetoric or promises. You should actually reduce the REAL NUMBER of regulations we have, starting with the Jones Act. 

END LETTER

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Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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