John Eastman, Mark Thiessen, John Engler and Frank Cottrell Boyce
The conservative half of the “Smart Guys,” Dean John Eastman of Chapman Law School is running for California Attorney General. His website will be running shortly: EastmanforAG.com. He will be a guest on today’s show to explain why he is running.
I will also be joined by Marc Thiessen, whose book Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack, will change the view of interrogation of al Qaeda terrorists of anyone who reads it.
And here is the transcript of my conversation with former Michigan Governor John Engler, who now runs the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM.”) NAM commissioned a study from the Milkin Institute on how to really create jobs, and you have to hope that someone in the White House is reading it.
Whatever promises the president makes tonight should be met with skepticism about the government’s ability to deliver on any sort of commitment without massive and destructive unintended consequences. This is the lesson of the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA”), which I mentioned to Engler in our conversation last night:
HH: Now this brings me to the key question, Governor, because a couple of my law partners, Gary Wolensky and Liz McNulty do a lot of time advising companies about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, I know how botched up that is. I know how it’s ruined manufacturing and destroyed competitiveness, et cetera. A lot of people like me don’t really trust Congress to do any of this well. If they can’t handle something as simple as lead levels and phthalate levels in products, how could they possibly get this right?
JE: Well, part of what they need to do is simply either get themselves or get the administration out of the way, and we’ve said this to President Obama’s team. Look, you control the permits. Why don’t we, if we’re talking about simply building more highly energy efficient power lines that go from generating plants to your local neighborhood substation, those are already power lines that are there. Let’s waive the environmental permit. You know, we know what it’s going to be when it’s done. It’s going to be a power line again. It’s just going to be modernized. Let’s make this stuff go faster. If we’re going to do the air traffic control system, we’ve got to have…okay, what policy does the FAA want to have? You’ve got to make some decisions. It’s hard to blame the private sector when the government won’t give the permit. There are companies today that want to build nuclear power plants. They want to get started on that dream that you mentioned, that the Senators were working on. Well, give them the permits. Let them go. China’s building a hundred plants now.
I just don’t see this Administration or this Congressional leadership “getting out of the way” of the private sector even though only the private sector can solve the employment problem. The government refuses to make even the obvious fixes to CPSIA what would limit the massive damage from that act, so why would we expect Democrats to carefully assess and implement even pressing infrastructure programs?
Finally, if you missed my interview with author Frank Cottrell Boyce about his new book for kids, Cosmic, Duane has posted the audio here. Cosmic is a wonderful book and Boyce a charming writer and talker.