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Fireworks lobby to Obama: Enough of ‘insane’ rules


Julie Heckman, pyro assoc exec dir
Julie Heckman, from POLITICO article

The fireworks industry complains that President Obama’s regulators are “completely insane” by forcing so many rules on their patriotic industry.

Fireworks use is up, but the rate of injuries is down, says Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association.

She told POLITICO, “the overall usage of backyard consumer fireworks has increased significantly during the past decade, and when you look at the use of fireworks and compare then the number of injuries, actually, the injury rate has declined. I’m not aware of one other consumer product on the market today where the usage has risen so dramatically, yet the injuries have gone down.”

Self-policing by the industry is a big part of that, she says, with self-imposed standards that are tougher than federal regulations to make fireworks safer.

But Heckman complains, “I’ve been working with the industry for a very long time, 26 years.  I have never seen as many rulemaking initiatives as I have with this administration.  It has just been completely insane. . . . we’ve got to comply with ATF, CPSC, EPA, OSHA, multiple divisions of the Department of Transportation; it’s really challenging.”

Read the interview at POLITICOFireworks lobby to Obama: Enough with all the rules


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RED TAPE wrecks family budgets
and kills jobs

Consumer prices rise as businesses pass along the costs.  Household budgets ruined; national economy limps


It’s not the Fortune 500 that suffers most. It’s us.

The tighter your family budget, the more you are damaged by runaway regulations that make everything more expensive.

Americans for Less Regulation reveals the crippling burdens that red tape places on everyday people — burdens that need to be lowered and removed.

Advocates of regulations claim that people will benefit from better goods and services, or will save money in the long run because lower operating costs eventually will repay you for higher purchase costs.

Those claims are rarely true.

Your savings are zero if you cannot afford the higher prices. Instead, your quality of life suffers. You also lose when you add debt to meet those prices and pay high interest rates from buying with credit cards.

Sometimes the expense of red tape means you cannot get a job. Or over-regulation takes away your job.

The costs of regulations reduce the self-sufficiency of Americans. Then ‘assistance’ programs are proposed to relieve the problems caused by over-regulation. That starts a new cycle of government borrowing, spending and national debt that falls on all of us and our children.

Americans for Less Regulation tells this neglected truth:

Runaway regulations will never be controlled until the American public knows the personal burden on them and demands reform & relief.

The biggest untold story in America is how the crushing burden of regulations hurts people, families and households far more than it hurts businesses.  Companies can pass along costs of red tape through higher prices; families cannot do that.

Millions of Americans overlook their personal stake in the size of government and bureaucracy because they no longer pay federal income tax. But regulations strip them of economic freedom just as high taxes would. Quality of life suffers when government mandates raise prices, especially for those with low or limited incomes.

Most advocates of reform talk about how regulations impact GDP, national employment, businesses, etc. The media likewise fail to dig deeper. But ALR focuses on how everyday people and households suffer from over-regulation.

ALR boils things down to the personal level. ALR simplifies the research from groups such as The Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Mercatus Center, CATO Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, plus admissions by government agencies, revealing the impact on individuals and households.

Red Tape CleanupOnly when the public feels a PERSONAL stake in reducing red tape will reform finally happen. ALR works to relieve people and families from this crushing burden of regulations and red tape. Red tape must be cut and swept away.


New red tape: White House quietly projects $110-billion more

WH red tape agendaRed tape keeps growing.

The White House released its regulatory agenda of new red tape. They did it quietly on the eve of a holiday weekend, namely the Thursday evening before Memorial Day. Issuing such notices about red tape is required by law.

An American Action Forum (AAF) review of the agenda found more than $110 billion in potential costs, with billions more in unknown burdens. No wonder President Obama wanted it announced with a whisper, not a shout.

Read more: Administration’s Regulatory Agenda Imposes $110 Billion in Costs — American Action Forum