Obama administration calls for reduction in regulation on business

Small and medium-sized businesses are the growth engine of the economy, and in a new proposal, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly suggests government “loosen regulations and make it easier to start or expand a small business….” in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.

United Nations gatherings always brings a few curious statements from dignitaries, or a few decisions to laugh at, you know, like hearing about the new “members” of the Human Rights and Women’s councils. The recent gathering did not disappoint, with one statement from the secretary of state concerning the importance of job growth for the economy.

I’ve included some text from Clinton’s remarks and I’ve embedded the full video. Clinton was speaking at the G-8’s “Deauville Partnership With Arab Countries in Transition” Foreign Ministers Meeting.

Here is part of Clinton’s remarks with my emphasis in bold. You can read the full transcript here.

Today, we want to send a clear message to all those in the region who are working each day in governments, in civil society, in the private sector, to build responsive institutions, to strengthen faltering economies, to deliver freedom for all people, to respect human rights: we stand with you and we will stand with you as long as it takes.

Because our partnership is taking practical steps to help more people in the region feel the benefits of democracy in their daily lives. In Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, people rose up against their dictators because they were fed up with governments that served the interests of a few at the expense of everyone else. But economic and social challenges did not disappear with the dictators. Too many people still can’t find jobs, and young and growing populations crave a sense of opportunity and self-determination.

On the economic front, we are zeroing in on small and medium-sized enterprises because they are the growth engines in any economy. They create the bulk of new jobs and they spread wealth more broadly through more communities. And when people have the opportunity to unleash their talents and create something of their own, they are more invested in their communities, their countries, and their new democracies.

So the OECD is helping emerging democracies find ways they can loosen regulations and make it easier to start or expand a small business. Several partners are setting up funds to help small businesses gain access to loans and financing. People of the region need to see that their governments can be fair and just.

I’m going to read your mind at this point … you’re probably wondering “what small businesses?” I get your point, but onward…

Why is it the Obama administration is suggesting a reduction in regulations and a drive to restore faith in government within the Arab world but not here in the United States? Is it because we don’t completely over-react to unwatched videos by rioting in the street, burning buildings and killing people? I’m serious, do they not see the TEA Party protests as a civilized demand for reduced regulation, smaller government and a restoration of faith and trust? Are they refusing to even acknowledge conservatives in the United States simply because we refuse to riot?

Of course, I’m not at all suggesting we get violent, rather we should honestly question what the hell is going on in the minds of the Obama administration and other liberals across the nation and move to replace them … on election day.

Here’s the video. The full statement is only about nine minutes.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. Dimsdale on September 30, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Was this before or after she called on all countries to tax their rich?

    This woman is sealing her fate for 2016 with her walking hypocrisy.?

    • Dimsdale on September 30, 2012 at 8:58 am

      ….and sealing ours with her ineptitude and fecklessness….

    • stinkfoot on September 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      The walking hypocrisy is only relevant if the voting targets of MSM brainwash are willing and able to comprehend it.? The x-factor in this socialist takeover is a complicit media masquerading as impartial.? The current presidential campaign shouldn’t even be close but enough voters are duped to make it a proverbial horse race.

  2. JBS on September 30, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Clinton wouldn’t dare give that same speech to any group in the US!
    ” . . . return billions of dollars that were stolen or siphoned away over decades of cronyism and corruption.” I know she is talking about the three Arab countries, but . . . “recover ill-gotten gains.” And, I didn’t know that we had “recovery asset experts in Washington.”(!)
    What about, “develop both the accountable, transparent institutions and the culture of democracy . . .” in those countries. (So, what about the US, Mrs. Clinton?)
    Obama would choke if he gave that speech to the US people — everyone else would be astounded. It’s good enough for others, but not Americans.

    • ricbee on September 30, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Bad headline,I thought Hilary was going rogue on Obamboy.

  3. Lynn on September 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I used to think she was smart, now I realize she is just a Stepford wife.

    • ricbee on September 30, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      HUH? She is right as rain.

    • Lynn on October 1, 2012 at 7:41 am

      Ricbee, of course her philosophy is correct. However, she is a hypocrite to say this about other countries when the Administration she represents is not doing this in our country. Where is her integrity??

    • JBS on October 1, 2012 at 8:02 am

      Lynn, A Democrat with integrity? LOL!!!
      Thank you for the morning belly laugh!!!?
      ???????????????????????????? You can’t spell Democrat without rat.

  4. Eric on September 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Now isn’t this so typical of these liberals, or progressives, or whatever they have to call themselves to keep people from knowing how vacant their character really is! ?Nothing this crazy administration (yes, a small a) does surprises me any longer. ?I’ve come to expect our president (yes, a very small p) to lie like a rug whenever it’s humanly possible. ?Mrs. Clinton has been lying just like that same rug for the past twenty years that I’ve known of her, married of course to yet another infamous liar… our 42nd president (yes, another small p) William Jefferson Clinton. ?I’ve become numb to almost everything these crooks have done to our great country, and I don’t expect anything of moral or ethical content to present itself until we fire this latest group of amoral bastards and elect someone who will represent and lead this once great country with a modicum of character and truth. ?It’s really a shame that so many of us feel this way but with God’s help there still may be time to turn things around before the USA becomes just another broken dream in a history book that’s not yet been written. ?

  5. SeeingRed on October 1, 2012 at 8:43 am

    First, I can’t stomach 9 minutes of Hillaryspeak, but thanks for the opportunity!? Short of small/medium biz creating American jobs, where does this Admin & Madame Sec’y think growth will come from domestically (rhetorical)?? Do they really beleive there’s enough change left in America’s cushions to fund thier socialist utopia?

  6. Don Lombardo on October 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Amazing, the United States is going Socialist and the administration is promoting capitalism overseas. The sabotage of this country from within will continue if these morons are ever re-elected.

  7. Tim-in-Alabama on October 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Reducing regulation will help them buy the oil from Brazil we’re subsidizing through the Obama World Piggy Bank. It will also help them buy low-sulfur coal from Bill Clinton’s overseas sponsors, which increased in value after he blocked mining of the same type coal on US federal lands.

    • Dimsdale on October 1, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Ah yes, the low sulfur coal from the Escalante National Park.? The rest of the good coal is in Indonesia.
      Where have I heard of Indonesia before…….?? 😉


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