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  •  They say regulation costs jobs... (7+ / 0-)

    we say the lack of regulation costs lives.  It's all about priorities.  But for the left to make that case without the express permission of the GOP would be far too partisan.  Obviously the voters sent the Dems to DC because they wanted four more years of republican rule.  They just don't know it yet.  But don't worry, the GOP's on the case.

    •  The net cost of regulation... (8+ / 0-)

      ...is an argument that has been essentially ceded to the anti-regulation side because the benefits have been hard to quantify and, consequently, hard to put a price tag on.  What is the dollar value of something that doesn't happen?

      Howeverm the EPA (perhaps because they're under assault by the right) tried to do just that recently, and came up with a net benefit of the Clean Air amendments of 1990 on the order of $2 Trillion over the cost of compliance.
      http://www.bloomberg.com/...

      I'm sure the anti-regulators will try to argue the methodology and conclusions six ways to Sunday, but at least someone is pushing back.  I'd like to see more of it, across the board.

      We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

      by dsteffen on Sun May 15, 2011 at 07:56:28 PM PDT

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