REGULATIONS SEEN AS A GOING AWAY GIFT TO SUPPORTERS
President-elect Obama’s ability to hit the ground running on January 20th has been hampered, somewhat, by the Bush administration’s recent enactment of a rash of last minute regulations aimed at rewarding party loyalists in both the social conservative and big business communities.
Among these regulations is a particularly onerous one which would grant medical professionals, and those in their employ, carte blanc to opt out of performing, or participating in, any procedure, or providing any service, that they personally find offensive, or which violates their so-called moral principles. This little piece of legislative skullduggery is clearly aimed at making an end run around Roe v. Wade by making it more difficult for women, particularly poor women, to obtain reproductive services, including abortions and oral contraceptives.
Also feeling the sting of the administrations regulatory pen in this latest attack are American workers, a frequent Bush administration target. No less than twenty last minute, pro-big business regulations have been announced in recent weeks aimed at eliminating those remaining worker protections that corporate America considers unnecessary and too expensive to continue to comply with.
Included in this group are regulations which would make government regulation of workers’ exposure to toxic chemicals more difficult, one which would allow power plants to be built closer to parks and wildlife preserves, and perhaps the most distressing to environmentalists, a regulation that would severely limit the role of environmental and animal experts in determining where major infrastructure projects may be carried out in the future.
Neither the Labor Department nor the Bush administration has cited any extraordinary circumstances to attempt to justify these regulations.
Now the good news here is that President-elect Obama on taking office can ultimately remove these regulations. But it is a difficult and time-consuming process, and one that will clearly take his attention away from other pressing matters.
Now wouldn’t a nice easy impeachment solve this problem and stop George Bush dead in his tracks? It wouldn’t really matter all that much if the bastard was convicted or not, only that he was stopped from issuing regulations and from pardoning the felons and thugs, which have made up his administration these past eight years.
- - Lib