Congress Revives Gingrich-Era Law To Thwart Obama

When are we going to escape the ills of the Newt Gingrich era? He did a lot of damage to the legislative process when he engineered his ascendency to power in the house. He took the shredder to the research and analysis capabilities of congressional staffs acrosse the board which is mostly why we now have lobbyists write the laws for congress. Newt Gingrich facilitated the corporate power grab in congress and its outsiized influence over our legislators. Can’t we get rid of him and his awful laws? I believe that we need to get past this mindset of applying cost and profit to environmental regulations and/or considerations. There should not be a public price or cost to pollution that exempts corporate responsibility at the same time. Since when does capitalism mean that corporations take no risk? We have coddled corporations long enough and now they have come to expect the public to assume the risks of the cost of their doing business and that to me is unacceptable. If corporations feel that it is their due, those spectacular profits that make Wall Street swoon, then they should be willing to assume the risks of doing business. The adage is with great risk comes great reward; I as a taxpayer, am tired of being at the mercy of the risk and not getting any of the reward which is exactly what happened when congress voted to repeal one of the provisions of Dodd-Frank this past December. If I feel that way because of Dodd-Frank then of course I feel the same way with the reboot of Gingrich’s old law. It seems that at least once a week, we are reading about an environmental disaster effecting a river or a lake due to dumping or a burst pipeline; if corporations are going to take risks at the expense of people’s health then they should be prepared to pay for the cost of cleanup and it should be included in their cost-analysis on their end, not at the public’s expense. We need to remember that as wonderful a legacy can be, thanks to what F.D.R has given us, a legacy can be just as awful, thanks for nothing Newt Gingrich.
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