Republicans Quotes

I want to make very sure that we’re not putting U.S. jobs at risk over the next two years.

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Transportation Secretary Jim Burnley, The New York Times.

This disturbing trend is nothing short of Europeanization -- a polite term for socialism.

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Representative Cass Ballenger (R-NC). States News Service.
11/18/1987 | Full Details | Law(s): Family Medical Leave Act

[Requiring small businesses to report their toxic releases would] cost thousands of dollars for over 100,000 small business facilities, many of which have profits in the $10,000 range.

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George Bush’s Small Business Administration feared that the cost of the right-to-know law would be prohibitive.

[OSHA has] substantially overstated the risks of fires, explosions and other hazards…the costs of the rule greatly exceed the benefits.

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The Office of Management and Budget. The Miami Herald.

To expect well over half a million small businesses to adhere to these extensive requirements would be regulatory overkill.

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Frank S. Swain, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, of the Reagan’s Small Business Administration.

What you are trying to put on business is overkill. It’s going to kill farmers and small business people.

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Pennsylvania state representative Jim R. Merry (R-Crawford)

Please, dear legislator, do not eliminate my job because you have put the business places in Pennsylvania in a noncompetitive situation where we cannot compete with Ohio, New York, New Mexico, and so forth. Pennsylvania should have our laws consistent with other States so that our manufacturers can continue to employ our neighbors, our sons and grandsons and granddaughters, so that we can work in Pennsylvania, so that we are not driving our people out of the Commonwealth.

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Pennsylvania Representative Jim Merry (R-Crawford)

I have a greater concern – the concern for rural America, the concern for suburban America, which is a concern for the communities that you and I come from….It goes too far, Mr. Speaker. It puts a burden on our small business places….Think about the small business people, the nonmanufacturing entities, that all of a sudden are going to be forced into reporting requirements and the cost of doing business that is going to put many of them under.

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Pennsylvania Representative Jim Merry (R-Crawford)

The cost potential is very, very significant, in the billions of dollars on Pennsylvania employers….The small businessman, the farmer, is going to have to live with a more severe standard...the cost to them is going to be very phenomenal.

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Pennsylvania Representative Joseph Pitts (R-Chester)

Why should any of us strive to make that extra dollar of income when the government is going to lay claim to an increasing share of it?

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Reagan Treasury Secretary Donald Regan’s Address to the Business Council, 1984.
326201/01/1984 | Full Details | Law(s): Tax: Income

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