An open letter to President Obama (Part 9 of my response to State of Union Speech 1-24-12)

Sen. Toomey responds to State of the Union address 2012


President Obama’s state of the union speech Jan 24, 2012

Barack Obama  (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

President Obama c/o The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I know that you receive 20,000 letters a day and that you actually read 10 of them every day. I really do respect you for trying to get a pulse on what is going on out here.

The Heritage Foundation website ( ) has lots of good articles and one that caught my attention was concerning your State of Union Speech on January 24, 2012 and here is a short portion of that article:

A Clean Energy Standard Would Throttle Economy – Romina Boccia

During last year’s SOTU, the President set a target for a Clean Energy Standard of 80 percent by 2035. This year, the President once again called for a CES, only this time, less ambitiously.

[…] there’s no reason why Congress shouldn’t at least set a clean energy standard that creates a market for innovation.

The issue is that a clean energy standard would throttle economic growth, and that is why Congress has rightly not put one in place. One way of converting existing shares of “dirty energy” into clean energy is by cutting energy from conventional sources. Environmental Protection Agency regulations are already well on their way to cut existing coal capacity by forcing the premature shutdown of older plants with burdensome compliance rules.  No matter how many times the President lauds the supposed benefits of clean energy investments and green jobs, the truth remains that government-forced cuts in conventional energy use throttle economic growth and green jobs are a fallacy.

Instead of wasting taxpayer dollars by lavishing subsidies on select renewable energy sources and driving up energy prices by mandating their usage, Congress should reduce artificial barriers to domestic energy production and create a level playing field so that energy providers compete on their merits.

Costly New Regulations – James Gattuso

President Obama tonight made the startling claim that he had  ”approved fewer regulations in the first three years of my presidency than my Republican predecessor did in his.”  This claim is more than a little bit misleading.   According to the Government Accountability Office, it is true that fewer total rules were issued during this Administration than during that of George W. Bush.    But that counts many administrative actions of no real significance.   When you look at major rules – those with $100 million or more in economic impact, a very different picture emerges.    Some 189 of these costly rules have been adopted in the past three years, compared to 153 during George Bush’s first three years.   That’s a 23 percent increase in red tape.    So much for regulatory restraint.

This by the way, isn’t the first time that the Obama Administration has been caught playing with the numbers on regulation.   As reported  by last year, Cass Sunstein, the president’s “regulatory czar,” presented a “distorted view” of this president’s regulatory record compared to his predecessor.  In fact, the organization’s report concluded (citing research by Heritage among others) the Obama Administration has imposed far more in costs on the country than his precedessor had at the same point in his tenure.

The President also cited efforts to reduce unnecessary regulation, claiming some 500 reforms under his belt.   That would be welcome news, if true, but the relief provided by these moves is only a small sliver of the new costs imposed.   Virtually none are even considered “major.”

No one wants to abolish all regulation.  But, as the president said again tonight, many are unnecessary and too costly.  But the president has added to, not reduced, the problem.

Obama’s Policies Must Not Sting the Economy into Lethargy – J.D. Foster

The story goes that a scorpion once needed to cross a river, but had no way across.  Along came a fox who was going to swim across and the scorpion asked if he could ride on the fox’s back.  The fox said no, because the scorpion would sting him and they’d both die.  The scorpion answered that he didn’t want to die, and so the fox was safe.  Sufficiently assured, the fox let the scorpion on her back and she began to swim across.

At first, everything went well.  But then, as they reached the midpoint of the stream, the scorpion suddenly tensed up and stung the fox on her back, just as she had feared.  As she began to black out the fox cried out, “Why did you do that?  Now we’re both going to die.”  The scorpion sighed, “I know, but a scorpion’s got to do what a scorpion’s got to do”.

In listening to President Obama talk about the need for a stronger economy and more jobs in one breathe, and the need to raise taxes on saving, on investment, on job creators, and others of higher incomes, in his next breathe, one is reminded of the scorpion.

It is a simple and inescapable truth that one does not get more saving, more investment, more new businesses, more entrepreneurship, more economic growth, by taxing these things more.  But this simple truth seems to lie outside the permissible realm of the President’s ideology. Fortunately, the economy is better protected against President Obama’s proclivity to sting the economy into sustained lethargy than was the poor fox.  The President was largely unsuccessful in 2011 in pushing his job destroying agenda through the Congress, and all indications are he will be no more successful in 2012.


Excessive regulations will hurt our businesses. Instead of bragging about the slow growth of regulations you should cut regulations to allow our companies to thrive.

Thank you so much for your time. I know how valuable it is. I also appreciate the fine family that you have and your committment as a father and a husband.


Everette Hatcher III, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002, ph 501-920-5733,

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