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GOP fund-raising powerhouse and a leading small-business group say President's actions, and reams of red tape, speak louder than his lip service.

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Obama’s Deregulation Plea Called Bunk

GOP fund-raising powerhouse and a leading small-business group say President’s actions, and reams of red tape, speak louder than his lip service.

If President Obama thought he was going to make new friends in the business community and among Republicans with his speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday, he was mistaken.

Within hours of the President’s remarks, the leading voice for small business and the largest fund-raising group on behalf of Republican candidates in 2010 were firing away at the highlight of the chamber address: Obama’s call for removal of “outdated and unnecessary regulations.”

“This is similar to what we heard in the State of the Union address.  And in both speeches, his actions don’t follow his words,” Brad Close, vice president of the National Federation of Independent Business told HUMAN EVENTS.  When we asked Close for a specific example of the President saying one thing and doing another when it comes to regulation, he replied without hesitation: “Craig Becker.”  Becker, a former counsel to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) who was given a recess appointment to the National Labor Relations Board, was recently nominated for a full term by President Obama.  According to the NFIB’s Close, “The NLRB is one of the worst examples of burdensome overregulation for small business in America, and Becker is one of the most ardent advocates of regulation.”

The NFIB has 350,000 members nationwide, and the average number of employees of the businesses that are members is 10.

“And it’s businesses like that which are hurt the most by regulation,” Close said.

Jonathan Collegio of Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)(4) that raised and spent more than $40 million on behalf of Republican candidates, seconded Close’s view of Obama’s address.

“If the President is serious about cutting back regulations, he needs to start by repealing the mountain of new regulations initiated by his own administration,” Collegio told us.

He cited a study by The Economist (“Red Tape Rising,” Jan. 20, 2011) that came to this conclusion:  In his first two years in office, the federal government issued 132 “economically significant” rules, according to Susan Dudley of George Washington University.  “That is about 40% more than the annual rate under both George Bush junior and Bill Clinton.  The regulatory workforce has grown 16% in Mr. Obama’s first two years in office, to 276,429.”

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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