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April 04, 2011

Week 10 – Our 21st-Century Regulatory System

We continue to monitor the progress being made on President Obama’s “21st-Century Regulatory System” initiative intended to not only promote “economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation," but also to “root out regulations that are not worth the cost, or that are just plain dumb,” and yet at the same time “won't shy away from addressing obvious gaps.” 

As the nightmarish specter of a government shutdown looms ever closer, we decided to read this past week’s Federal Register with an eye towards the great hazards that await us should we permit such an unspeakable event to occur.


Administration for Children and Families

Title: Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Multi Component Evaluation--Design Survey

If the federal government isn’t there to teach our kids about personal responsibility, who will we ask you?  Who will?


Forest Service

National Tree-Marking Paint Committee Meeting

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

SUMMARY: The purpose of the meeting is to discuss activities related to improvements in, concerns about, and the handling and use of tree-marking paint by personnel of the Forest Service and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management.

What, really, do we know about paint?  Where does it come from?  What is its purpose?  These and other questions will go unanswered if this meeting is cancelled placing in unknown danger, the well being of not only our forests, but of the men and women who every day pick up that brush, and go to work.


International Trade Administration

Certain Frozen Fish Fillets From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce has determined that a request for a new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen fish fillets meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for initiation.

Do you really want to be responsible for people paying too little for frozen fish filets? Are you going to be the one to look into your child’s eyes and admit that, yes, I was there when we allowed our country to be overrun by batter dipped communist seafood?


Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: Timor-Leste and South Pacific Scholarship Programs

The goal of the USTL Scholarship Program is to identify and support undergraduate level study at accredited higher education institutions in the United States for a select cadre of academically talented Timorese who are expected to assume future leadership roles in Timor-Leste's development.

So, what’s your excuse going to be here?  We’re running unsustainable levels of deficit spending that imperils the financial stability of our nation?  Really?  What’s that against the legitimate needs of Timor-Leste and the leadership posts that might remain vacant of students educated in proper beer pong etiquette and the essential role the “wing man” plays in any social setting?


Energy Conservation Standards for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures: Public Meeting and Availability of the Preliminary Technical Support Document

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

Absent the important work of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy this nation will be facing a calamity: The complete absence of conservation standards for metal halide lamp fixtures. This is totally unacceptable and would allow what can only be described as metal halide lamp bedlam to continue in which manufacturers produce metal halide lamps with conservation standards based on little more than their own whims. And customer needs.

Hopefully this has been a sobering lesson for you all. We must not allow the federal government to shut down. Not for one second.

Not unless you think it’s perfectly okay for Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington State to have the status of their Assessment Rate left woefully unaddressed.


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Hi Mr. Moron, just another quick note of thanks. Thank you for your LOL humor amid the madness and insanity that is our government. Thank you for giving me the CHOICE between enjoying some of the best medicine instead of bashing my head on my desk, running out of my cubicle into the daylight and dropping to my knees in the middle of the street wringing my hands, gnashing my teeth and screaming heavenward "Why?!! WHY??!!"

Thank you.

Posted by: political atheist | Apr 4, 2011 6:12:24 PM

Thanks! Coincidentally, the reason I write it is to avoid doing the same thing. Well, that and the crazy blog money.

Posted by: Planet Moron | Apr 4, 2011 6:47:41 PM

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