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[The government involvement in the economy] is so overwhelming and beyond anything we have ever seen, that we risk moving this country away from a government of the people to a government of the regulators.
A closer look at the unemployment [nearly 10 percent unemployment rate] suggests that minimum wage laws also deserve a big share of the blame….businesses are not charities and that they only create jobs when they think a worker will generate net revenue. Higher minimum wages, needless to say, are especially destructive for people with poor work skills and limited work experience.
[Paid sick leave] is the best public policy for the least cost. Do you want your server coughing over your food?
[Still, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce insists the change would kill jobs] 'by making Milwaukee a high-cost island in which to do business.'
Our concern is that ... it will create a one-size-fits-all federal system that will marginalize both directors and shareholders.
Because the Community Reinvestment Act is really kind of a Cloward and Piven kind of scheme that really led to all of the things that, well, we're now having to bail banks out for.
Getting to an 80 percent or an 83 percent reduction of carbon emission by 2050 is a goal that is just almost impossible for our industry to meet and still produce the fuels that America runs on every day.
In order for the [CO2] emissions reductions to be reached that are required under the Act, energy prices have to go up. Gasoline, diesel fuel, electricity… otherwise it won’t change consumer behavior.
It has not been a huge issue that we have heard from our members about.
[The impact on industries and farmers of dropping the word 'navigable' from the Clean Water Act] could be catastrophic.