The examples can go on forever, but the bottom line is that it’s nice to know that there is someone checking to make sure things are safe. The cost of safety does come at a price however, that’s why we have taxes. In today’s America, not everyone is happy about the idea of safety, and the Republican party is at the top of the list.With each passing year that the Republican party gets pushed further to the right by radical Tea Party conservatives, the more they make less sense. As the conservative movement continues to strike fear into the hearts of Americans by demonizing our own government, they place people in a position to vote against their own best interests. Radical Republican leaders, like Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, scream about the “over regulation” of the government and its supposed “suffocation of business,” but that’s hardly the case, There is a very valid argument about how much government should be involved in business, both small and large, but the Republican party has gotten to the point that no regulation is the right amount of regulation. Programs like the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) were put in place to protect the American people and the environment, which the GOP looks to turn a blind eye to. In fact, before the Republican party shifted totally to the radical right, they didn’t mind some of these programs. Former Republican, President Richard Nixon, was the man responsible for the creation of the EPA.
Republicans claim that these regulations that keep people safe are preventing job creation, but that is far from the truth. According to the Commerce Department, since the start of the EPA over four decades ago, industries that have helped support environmental protection have created over 1.7 million jobs and have added over $300 billion in revenue. President Obama and the Democrats shouldn’t get off the hook completely. President Obama has not been as strict on certain regulations as many have hoped, especially when dealing with oil and gas companies, but a major factor is the backlash those regulations would face when entering a Republican controlled congress.
Programs like the EPA and FDA are essential to our society, but if the Republicans gain full control of our government, those programs could be gone for good. The idea of letting business regulate themselves doesn’t work. Should teachers let students grade their own papers? The answer is no because the children would be looking out for their own best interests. Letting business regulate themselves would lead to nothing but a giant mess that the American people would have to pay for, in more ways than one.