Jobs. That's our 2012 agenda in a word. Looking for a few more words? Look no further than recent recommendations from the president's jobs council.
Our nation's energy policy is a matter of both national security and economic certainty. Where we get our energy and at what price have a significant impact on local job creation, American competitiveness and day-to-day costs for Michigan families and businesses. As ongoing tensions around the globe remind us, our energy future is an issue that cannot be taken lightly.
"I'm the decider, and I decide what is best."
In the next few days, President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue another final regulation directed at electricity utilities. This rule, known as the Utility MACT, will impose an estimated $11 billion each year in new costs on our economy. It will threaten electricity-generating capacity in many parts of the country.
Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency would like to regulate farm dust all across the nation. I know it sounds ridiculous, but given the Obama administration's demonstrated hostility toward rural America, it should not come as a huge surprise.
"You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run."