Livingston County Republican Party PO Box 923 Brighton, MI 48116
Resolution of the Livingston County Republican Party
the Republican National Committee 2012 Party Platform states:
We are the party of government reform. At a time when the federal government has become bloated,antiquated and unresponsive to taxpayers, it is our intention not only to improve management and provide better services, but also to rethink and restructure government to bring it into the twenty-first century. Government reform requires constant vigilance and effort because government by its naturetends to expand in both size and scope. Our goal is not just less spending in Washington but something far more important for the future of our nation: protecting the constitutional rights of citizens,sustainable prosperity, and strengthening the American family.
The proper purpose of regulation is to set forth clear rules of the road for the citizens, so that businessowners and workers can understand in advance what they need to do, or not do, to augment the possibilities for success within the confines of the law. Regulations must be drafted and implemented tobalance legitimate public safety or consumer protection goals and job creation. Constructive regulationshould be a helpful guide, not a punitive threat.
Worst of all, over-regulation is a stealth tax on everyoneas the costs of compliance with the whims of federal agencies are passed along to the consumers at thecost of $1.75 trillion a year. Many regulations are necessary, like those which ensure the safety of food and medicine, especially from overseas. But no peril justifies the regulatory impact of Obamacare on the practice of medicine, the Dodd-
Frank Act on financial services, or the EPA’s and OSHA’s overreaching
regulation agenda. A Republican Congress and President will repeal the first and second, and rein in thethird. We support a sunset requirement to force reconsideration of out-of-date regulations, and weendorse pending legislation to require congressional approval for all new major and costly regulations.
the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (
Public Law 111-148)
, also commonly calledPPACA or Obamacare, was challenged in Federal Court by the National Federation of IndependentBusiness and a coalition of 26 States (including Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette); and
the United States Supreme Court invalidated a provision of PPACA that would have permittedthe federal government to force states to expand their Medicaid programs under threat of financialpenalties and thus held that each state was free to make expansion decisions for itself; and
serious questions continue to be raised about the impact of the law on states, individuals,employers, healthcare stakeholders and the free-market system that supports American enterprise; and