As Media Matters has reported, Fox News has launched a new campaign coinciding with a push by the Republicans to roll back government regulations, this segment above just being one recent example where Neil Cavuto brought in a speed reader as some
September 13, 2011

As Media Matters has reported, Fox News has launched a new campaign coinciding with a push by the Republicans to roll back government regulations, this segment above just being one recent example where Neil Cavuto brought in a speed reader as some gimmick to prove that all of these government regulations out there are just too cumbersome for anyone to make heads or tails of.

I'm not sure why being able to speed read makes this guy an expert on anything, other than being able to read really fast, but that didn't stop Fox from thinking the man had something meaningful to add to a conversation on whether any of the rules and regulations he was reading through are actually considered burdensome for businesses and industry or not. And it definitely doesn't tell us a thing about why some of these rules or regulations were written in the first place and whether they are actually something outdated or redundant that could be eliminated, or rules that make sense if we want businesses and contractors to be following safe work practices and so we don't have say someone building a house that's just going to fall down later, have the pipes rupturing or unsafe wiring and the house burns down after the homeowner is in it, or if they're rules that make sense if we don't want businesses and industry to follow practices that harm or kill either their employees, their customers or those living around their businesses.

Cavuto opened up the segment saying that the Texas utility Luminant was going to lay off workers because of being forced to comply with new EPA rulings. If this post is correct, it appears unlike most of the other utilities in Texas that chose to start complying with new regulations that pretty much everyone knew were coming down the pipe for years now and work with the EPA, that utility chose to fight them instead and now are threatening layoffs. Of course Cavuto didn't bother to ask why the other utilities in the state saw these changes coming and somehow managed to be ready for them and aren't having to threaten plant closures and layoffs as well.

Here's more from Media Matters on Fox's latest campaign aiding the Republican agenda -- Regulation Nation: Fox Begins Weeklong Assault On Government Regulations:

Fox is launching a weeklong attack on government regulations, promising to "expose how excessive laws are drowning American businesses" - a message that coincides with a Republican push to focus on deregulation. But economists say that regulations are not harming businesses and that there is little evidence that regulations kill jobs.

As GOP Begins Push To Roll Back Regulations ...

AP: "The House Republican Agenda This Fall Will Focus On Repealing Environmental And Labor Regulations." On August 29, the Associated Press reported that repealing regulations would be a priority for the Republican Party:

The House Republican agenda this fall will focus on repealing environmental and labor regulations that GOP lawmakers say are driving up the cost of doing business and discouraging employers from hiring new workers.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., says in a memo to his fellow Republicans that as soon as Congress returns to Washington next week he will start bringing up bills to repeal or restrict federal regulations. He also said the House would also act on a small business tax deduction.

The memo was released Monday.

The GOP approach to job creation comes as President Barack Obama prepares to announce after Labor Day a broad jobs package expected to include tax cuts, infrastructure projects and help for the unemployed.

"By pursuing a steady repeal of job-destroying regulations, we can help lift the cloud of uncertainty hanging over small and large employers alike, empowering them to hire more workers," Cantor said in his memo.

He said that in the first week after Congress returns from its August recess the House will vote on a bill preventing the National Labor Relations Board from restricting where an employer can locate in the United States. [Associated Press, 8/29/11]

Go read the rest with more on Fox's announcement for a weeklong attack on regulations, that businesses and economists say regulations are not what's harming their businesses, but lack of demand and on how there is little evidence that regulations kill jobs.

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