One of Republicans' cause célèbre is the removal of regulations especially those that tell people what they can and cannot do with their properties. This story hopefully teaches them a lesson.
ABC News Matt Gutman had the perfect examples to show Republicans and those who always fight against sensible regulations. Trump canceled hundreds of Obama-era regulations.
The White House’s Office of Management and Budget detailed Thursday how it would jettison hundreds of existing or planned regulations as part of its larger push to ease federal restrictions on the private sector, upending federal policies on labor, the environment and public health. ...
The rules the administration targeted govern everything — from the basics of everyday living, such as a product safety standard for mattresses’ flammability when it comes to cigarettes, to what sort of precautions construction firms should be required to take so their workers are not run over by other vehicles on site. ...
Consumer and worker advocates countered that Trump officials were scrapping critical government safeguards, and the implications of these actions could ripple across the country for years.
Ten days before Hurricane Harvey descended upon Texas on Friday, wreaking havoc and causing widespread flooding, President Donald Trump signed an executive order revoking a set of regulations that would have made federally funded infrastructure less vulnerable to flooding.
The Obama-era rules, which had not yet gone into effect, would have required the federal government to take into account the risk of flooding and sea-level rise as a result of climate change when constructing new infrastructure and rebuilding after disasters.
The following ABC News report shows in graphic terms the importance of proper regulations. It saves lives and money in the long run.
Lesson for Republicans who constantly complain about regulations (VIDEO) pic.twitter.com/Efp1kx2dfZ
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"Officials are saying it could be weeks and with this heat, there will be a lot of misery here," Matt Gutman said. "But perhaps there was a silver lining amidst all this destruction. Now, this is one of the multiple homes essentially detonated by Irma. The contents in the kitchen blown out. The roof heaved over on the other side. But I want you to see something that really struck us, David. Take a look at every house along this Bay, basically unscathed. And that's because they were built with the latest regulations able to survive a hurricane five force wind. And that may have saved hundreds of thousands of homes here in Florida. David.
"Yeah, stark contrast," said David Muir. "So important those regulations that changed after Andrew."
One hopes those pushing for the demise of regulations will learn a lesson from these hurricanes. After all, it helps them just as much as it helps Progressives.
Also published on Medium.