Henhouse open, foxes welcome

The new Congress is now in session, and any hopes for meaningful reform or deficit fighting are quickly evaporating. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., recently sent a letter to a host of businesses – oil companies, drug makers, industry trade groups – asking them what regulations they’d like to see eliminated. (You can see a copy of one of the letters here.)

Issa is looking for assignments in his new job as head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. His approach is a little like teachers asking school children how much homework they’d like to have.

Public Citizen responded to Issa’s letter with one of its own, noting that the purpose of regulation is to protect the public health and safety, rather than coddle corporations.

Ironically, Issa’s pandering comes as the presidential spill commission prepares to issue its final report on the Deepwater Horizon accident. Among its findings: that lax government regulation contributed to the disaster that killed 11 people.

What Issa is proposing isn’t reform at all. It’s more of the same.

Here’s Public Citizen’s full letter:


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