Tonight, in the State of Union address, President Barack Obama essentially said the same thing:
There is no question that some regulations are outdated, unnecessary, or too costly. In fact, I've approved fewer regulations in the first three years of my presidency than my Republican predecessor did in his. I've ordered every federal agency to eliminate rules that don't make sense. We've already announced over 500 reforms, and just a fraction of them will save business and citizens more than $10 billion over the next five years. We got rid of one rule from 40 years ago that could have forced some dairy farmers to spend $10,000 a year proving that they could contain a spill- because milk was somehow classified as an oil. With a rule like that, I guess it was worth crying over spilled milk.
I'm confident a farmer can contain a milk spill without a federal agency looking over his shoulder. . . .President Obama, I hope that you are reading this blog. There are plenty of other agricultural regulations that could use the same common sense approach applied to the "spilled milk" issue. See, for example, the Department of Labor's proposed child labor restrictions.