Statements about Regulation
A telephone company will no longer have to provide landline service to customers if there is an alternative provider, including wireless.
A telecom bill could keep the State Corporation Commission from getting rate-of-return information from electric utilities.
Says government is a barrier to innovation and development.
The federal government "now tells us which light bulbs to buy."
The financial regulatory bill "will kill jobs."
There are "10 or 20 deaths a year from foodborne illness" in the United States.
Cities like Seattle have decided to ban food carts.
New food safety legislation will regulate backyard gardening.
Says you can buy four light bulbs for $1.99 at Walmart, while a single compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) costs "$10 a pop."
Says Washington's reach extends to "even telling us what kind of light bulb we can use."
Stabilizing the recent financial crisis "will cost less than 1 percent of GDP," which is less than the 2.5 percent to fix the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s.
Pat Toomey "still supports privatizing Social Security."
"There's a big chunk of the country that thinks that I have been too soft on Wall Street."
Under the new health care law, "all real estate transactions will be subject to a 3.8% Sales Tax"
"In the case of General Motors, the (Bush) administration wrote a check without asking for any conditions of change."
"Oil companies showered regulators (at the Minerals Management Service) with gifts and favors, and were essentially allowed to conduct their own safety inspections and write their own regulations."
Florida ranks "45th out of 50 states'' for its regulatory climate for business.
"If you will go look up the definition of 'act of God,' we've used it in legal terms for a long time in this state."
A letter from BP to the Minerals Management Service "actually recommends improvements and specific recommendations around safety regulations should they choose to change them."
"Fifteen years ago, the assets of the six largest banks in this country totaled 17 percent of GDP ... The assets of the six largest banks in the United States today total 63 percent of GDP."
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