Goldilocks hailed from Chicago

Goldilocks hailed from Chicago

by digby

Here's your most vapid --- and insulting --- quote of the day. On labor day, no less:

“My view is that the Republican claim that ‘job-killing regulation’ is a redundancy is as ridiculous as the left-wing view that ‘job-killing regulation’ is an oxymoron,” said Cass Sunstein, head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. “Both are silly political claims that have no place in a serious discussion.”

I guess that makes him juuuust right.

Except, you know, it doesn't. Republicans do claim that all regulation is job-killing because they are greedy bastards who don't care much about their fellow man. But I don't know of even one "left-winger" who believes that regulations never kill jobs. Indeed, it's ridiculous. Some regulations kill jobs. Some regulations create jobs. Often, they do both. You'd have to bedead not to be aware of the costs to certain people in any change. At least the left gives a damn about what happens to people who lose their jobs for whatever reason and would offer them some kind of compensation. The right calls them freeloaders and moochers and tells them to get a job at McDonalds.

And anyway, the "silly" political argument in all this is the mind-boggling notion that compromising with these wingnuts and industrial polluters on a few discreet issues like the Clean Air rules is going to buy you another term. Talk about not having a place in a serious discussion ...