In defense of government regulations

October 27, 2011

Kmele Foster writes skeptically of President Barack Obama's approach to job creation ("Obama's half measures won't do it," Oct. 25), and Republicans believe that regulations are a drag on economic growth.

Their primary dissatisfaction is with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and consumer protection laws that they blame for impediments to industries that are proven job generators such as domestic energy production. They also profess that regulations make life too difficult for banks and Wall Street.

Although I do not doubt that there are some regulations that should come under scrutiny and require justification, I find it abhorrent that Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others running for president want to eviscerate the EPA. Jobs are needed for sure, but not at the cost of our health, our air and water and food chain, all of which the EPA protects for the common good.

I do not believe that growth requires us to choose between our health and job creation.

Yes, the economy would benefit from a simpler tax code and reduced entitlement expenditures, but there are many other global factors that are inhibiting growth which do require innovative bold solutions without sacrificing our quality of life.

I have no problem with new energy development that recognizes the need for protecting the environment. Too often, we have seen how energy developers promise but fail to deliver by attempting to short cut the existing regulations.

Howard Kahn, Baltimore

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