Shared from @nytimeskrugman blog.
From the last article we have the White House line on Friday’s ozone announcement: “My view is that the Republican claim that ‘job-killing regulation’ is a redundancy is as ridiculous as the left-wing view that ‘job-killing regulation’ is an oxymoron,” said Cass Sunstein, head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. “Both are silly political claims that have no place in a serious discussion.”
Basically the Obama WH bought the line from the US Chamber of Commerce that $60B-$90B in ozone retrofits would be costing the US economy in the short-term both in terms of GDP and in terms of jobs. Going by the Chamber’s numbers they probably figured it would be another ‘free’ Keynesian stimulus of some $90B. Krugman refuted this economic argument based on his liquidity trap analysis of the (mis)behavior of some very secretive & greedy American firms & corporate CEOs, most of whom don’t happen to give a shit about labor, or about some dead injun babies, or about Global Warming.
Now for myself I don’t think “regulations kill jobs” is an oxymoron as Ms Sunstein suggests I do. I’m not even against another big mining boom push in the US if its required for stimulating the world economy. I just think its used here as a straw man argument for attacking EPA on behalf of big coal energy and other big transnational industrial interests like the ones behind #KeystoneXL I don’t buy that there’s no connection between the indians being arrested in front of the White House with Bill McKibben and the White Collar crime to kill some more of their asthmatic babies Friday. Its a classic dissension-busting tactic by big transnational oil companies that Noam Chomsky has written about, like when they unnecessarily spread depleted uranium rounds and other baby-killing teratogens across dissenting towns when losing the Iraq War.
For those of you mystified as to why hero and patriot Lt Dan Choi decided to join 350 and native groups in the White House environmental protests, I think I have an idea.
Basically I think that when corporatists on both sides says “regulations kill jobs”, it doesn’t mean a goddamn thing one way or the other about “small business” or “creating jobs” or “Job creators” or “small government” or “federal interference” or “unions destroyed us” or “Obamacare must go.” Its an illogical argument that doesn’t hold water, like “Prisons & schools should be privatized.” In the instance when they use “regulations kill small business” as a ‘valid’ argument, its just as likely to have destructive impacts on US jobs as constructive impacts. Like when they use ‘free trade’ as an academic argument instead of ‘fair trade.’ Plus deregulation of primary environmental safety standards are certain to degrade US standards of living just the way it has for our Chinese friends.