Flood of Regulations Coming from Obama Administration

By Brian Wingfield | December 5, 2013
Rules and Regulations

  • December 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm
    ralph says:
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    Great…commence 97 post comment thread from Celtica ranting about how evil Bush was, Agent ranting about how evil Obama is, and then everyone ganging up on poor Libby. Who’m I kidding…It beats working.

    You know what? For once, I’d like to start off by posting about something IMPORTANT: Babe Heffron passed away last Sunday. For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Heffron, he was one of last members of the “Band of Brothers” immortalized by Stephen Ambrose and the HBO Miniseries.

    Babe was a member of The Greatest Generation. He could have avoided going off to war for medical reasons and served his country stateside, but he went anyway. He soon saw action in The Battle of The Bulge where he lost many of his best friends and watched his buddy “Wild Bill” Guarnere lose a leg. He also helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp.

    After the war, Babe went back home to South Philly and tried to move on with his life. He never really mentioned the war, even to his daughter, who only found out about the extent of his service after “Band of Brothers.” He didn’t consider himself a hero, just a regular Philly guy doing what he had to do.

    He still kept in touch with Wild Bill over the years, regularly calling him to remind him to take his medication. He attended air shows and signed autographs for people, spoke about the war when asked (especially to kids, which he loved to do because he wanted them to realize how important it is to love America) but was still very humble. I’m lucky to have had the privilege of meeting him at one of those shows. He couldn’t have been a nicer guy, and we should all mourn his loss.

    Pearl Harbor Day is this weekend, and every day we lose more and more of this generation. The men and women who went to fight for WW2 thought nothing of rationing food, materials or their lives because it’s what you did. They didn’t let politics get in the way of doing what was right. If you know any vets from WW2 or any era, make sure you take a minute to thank them for their service. Without them, we’re not free to bicker incessantly the way we do.

    • December 6, 2013 at 9:06 am
      Patti Cake in the East says:
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      Touche, Ralph. Very good post and let’s hope it really sinks in for a lot of people who post here. I think many people forget the reasons why we, as Americans, have the FREEDOM to rant and rave about our government. God Bless Babe Heffron, Wild Bill Guarnere, and ALL of our Band of Brothers.

    • December 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm
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      Excellent post, Ralph. My father-in-law also fought in the Battle of the Bulge and is going to Bastone for the 69th anniversary on Monday. He is 92. I had the privilege of meeting Wild Bill there on the 67th anniversary. It is sad there are so few of those brave heros left for us to learn from these days.

      And you’re right. They DO beat up on me. But I think I can take it! LOL!

      • December 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm
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        Thanks, Libby!

        Here’s the official obit for Babe:

        Edward J. “Babe” Heffron, 90, the former Easy Company private whose World War II experiences were chronicled in the cable TV miniseries Band of Brothers, died Sunday, Dec. 1, at Kennedy Hospital in Stratford.

        Mr. Heffron served as a machine gunner with the Second Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division from 1941 to 1945.

        He fought in some of the major conflicts of the European Theater – Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands and the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium – and used his stories as fodder for a memoir.

        The 2007 work, Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends: Two WWII Paratroopers from the Original Band of Brothers Tell Their Story, was written with longtime friend William Guarnere and journalist Robyn Post.

        Post said Mr. Heffron made a point to go to schools, teaching children that the war was not a joke or fairy tale but an actual historical event with serious worldwide implications.

        “He shared what he saw and experienced so that they could get a sense that this really happened,” Post said. Mr. Heffron also wanted to honor his war buddies who never came home, and make sure that people never forgot their sacrifice.

        Mr. Heffron’s heroics were also chronicled by the historian Stephen Ambrose in his book Band of Brothers, and Mr. Heffron’s character was portrayed by the actor Robin Laing in the TV miniseries produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg in 2001.

        Mr. Heffron appeared as himself at the end of Episode 10, describing Easy Company; he also had a cameo part in Episode Four.

        A South Philadelphia native, he dropped out of South Philadelphia High School during the Great Depression to support his family. He enlisted in August 1941.

        At parachute jump school, he and two buddies vowed that if any were to die in battle, the others would make sure his personal effects were delivered to the family.

        One buddy, J.D. Henderson, was wounded, but returned to the United States safely. But Mr. Heffron’s best friend, John T. “Johnny” Julian, was killed in a foxhole by German fire on Jan. 1, 1945. His death so upset Mr. Heffron that it was 12 years before he could carry out the pledge and approach Julian’s family.

        Mr. Heffron helped liberate the Kaufering concentration camp in Landsberg, Germany, and aided the Allies who seized Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. For his valor, he received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

        After the war, Mr. Heffron went to work for Publicker Industries in the firm’s whiskey distillery on South Delaware Avenue. In 1966, Publicker moved to Linfield, Montgomery County, but Mr. Heffron chose not to go. He checked cargo on the Delaware River waterfront for the next 27 years and retired at age 70.

        Surviving are his wife, the former Dolores Moffitt, and a daughter, Patricia Zavrel.

        Services are private.

        Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/20131203__Babe__Heffron__90__hero_of__Band_of_Brothers_.html#C1Uz3uDyyPMxdpKe.99

      • December 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm
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        Ralph: When we were last in Bastogne, the principal of the elementary school there asked my father-in-law to come speak to the fifth-grade class. One of them asked him if he felt bad about killing someone. He said “No. It was either them or me.” Then the entire school had recess and all the children ran up to shake his hand, hug him, and get his autograph. I couldn’t believe it and was brought to tears. They are so grateful for the Americans there. That never would have happened in an American school.

    • December 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm
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      Ralph, it it was truly important to you, then you would not have started off with a rant of your own. Just saying…

  • December 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm
    Dave says:
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    Obama’s new jobs program. Kill as many jobs as possible and ship them overseas with over-regulation. And increase unemploymemt and welfare benefits.

    • December 6, 2013 at 9:44 am
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      Dave, I think the idea is to kill private sector jobs while creating more unproductive federal jobs to drive up the cost of government more and increase the deficit.

  • December 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm
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    pretty soon, with the number of Federal Employees we’re paying to regulate ourselves, and considering the growing population on Welfare, we’re gonna be in the red, ya think?
    Simple math a second grader can do.

    • December 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm
      Ben Dover says:
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      Already are beyond red, we’ve gone nuclear at over 17 Trillion dollars and huge trade deficits each month. As China works to free up their economy Amerika sinks further into the dumpster of history. The establishment is working hard to convince other countries that debt and socialism/fascism are great because if they decide that they aren’t we will collapse…we’re at the head of the money printing pyramid scheme. A once great country that made all the same mistakes of the past collectivists and became an Empire which detroyed our currency/economy financing wars, welfare, bread, and circuses. I just can’t wait to see where we end up when a likely hundred million welfare/foodstamp/disability recipients don’t get their checks and start burning things. I’m sure the militarized police will respond in such a nice and gentle manner. Then they will all realize that an enourmous all powerful government is the stuff that nightmares are really made of.

  • December 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm
    Cheetoh Mulligan says:
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    Yyeeaahhhh!
    More government and more hand outs! Just what we need. At least if I can’t smoke, neither can the factories.

  • December 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm
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    As China works to free up their economy Amerika sinks further into the dumpster of history. The establishment is working hard to convince other countries that debt and socialism/fascism are great because if they decide that they aren’t we will collapse…we’re at the head of the money printing pyramid scheme. A once great country that made all the same mistakes of the past collectivists and became an Empire which detroyed our currency/economy financing wars, welfare, bread, and circuses. I just can’t wait to see where we end up when a likely hundred million welfare/foodstamp/disability recipients don’t get their checks and start burning things. I’m sure the militarized police will respond in such a nice and gentle manner. Then they will all realize that an enourmous all powerful government is the stuff that nightmares are really made of.

    • December 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm
      Cheetoh Mulligan says:
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      Ben, I liked your first comment better than the 2nd one.

    • December 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm
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      Excellent post… again! :)

  • December 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm
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    Nothing Important to do like, oh I don’t know – The Budget? Get the web site Fixed?? Bring our boys home? Lets pick on the e cig trade because after all. we don’t want to help people quit smoking cigs, right?

    • December 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm
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      FFA, I finally found something that this administration does well. They can churn out the regulations by the bushel basket in their quest to exert complete control over the country. There is a side effect of course. By churning out all these regulations, they stifle the economy and create more unemployment and cause companies to ship jobs overseas. The EPA is the worst offender, but Obamachaos is not far behind. What is it up to now, 15,000 pages of regulation for a law of 2,700 pages that no one can read or understand? I think they were so busy writing regulations, they forgot they needed a good website to handle everything so no wonder no one can apply or get issued.

  • December 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm
    Broker says:
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    He says Republicans share a single view and Democrats are intelligent people. With over 300,000 Federal Laws and millions of regulations he is saying the ever expanding power of the Federal Gov’t is just right.
    Currently there are so many laws it is more efficient for Gov’t to tell us what to do instead if what not to do.

    • December 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm
      Agent says:
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      I think Sunstein taught Cloward & Pivin in college. He is a true believer and a mover and shaker behind the scenes in this administration.

  • December 6, 2013 at 11:28 am
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    Time for absolute Federal control of all insurance !!!

  • December 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm
    JACK says:
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    Lean forward America- he ain’t done yet!

    • December 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm
      Libby says:
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      You’re obsessed with “leaning over.” Is that a Freudian slip?

      • December 9, 2013 at 6:42 pm
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        He’s cousins with Ben Dover above.



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