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It's Been An Exciting Day in DC

August 23, 2011

It's been an exciting day in DC.  If you haven't heard, there was an earthquake.  Then there was a piece in today's Wall Street Journal by Cass Sunstein, who is an administrator in OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  He writes: 

Last May, agencies released over two dozen preliminary plans, identifying reforms that will save billions of dollars. At the same time, agencies asked the public to evaluate the preliminary plans, identify new reforms, and participate in creating a 21st-century regulatory system that protects public health and safety while also promoting economic growth and job creation.

Today I can announce that agencies are releasing their final plans, including hundreds of initiatives that will reduce costs, simplify the system, and eliminate redundancy and inconsistency.

Here is one of the reforms that Mr. Sunstein announced today:  "By the end of this year, the Internal Revenue Service will eliminate 55 million hours in annual paperwork burdens by consolidating reporting requirements and streamlining various tax forms."

I hope the streamlining hasn't brought us to this tax form.



Earthquakes.  Regulatory reform.  What's next?  Warren Buffett writing a check to the Treasury Department because he wants to pay more taxes?  These are certainly exciting times in DC.



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Submitted by Jimmy at: September 23, 2011
Yes here is what the government has eliminated thanks in part to NTU: Electricity is out, can't watch TV, why? Because we were all forced to go DIGITAL! Government end paper filing, but if you are poor and do not have internet, what are you to do? Seems you are all for these reforms, but the poor or others who do not have internet are merely left behind. Seems with your help, the US Government no longer supports the citizens, but only the big businesses and others who CAN AFFORD internet and other services.

Submitted by Jeff at: August 25, 2011
Paperpusher, An excellent point. Sometimes change takes time -- a lot of time.

Submitted by Paperpusher at: August 24, 2011
Your organization's own "Taxing Trend" report showed that the Treasury Department imposes a paperwork burden of 7.6 billion hours, most of it because of taxes. That means Sunstein's 55 million hours helped to lighten the load by about seven-tenths of one percent. Three cheers for the Administration's regulatory reform! OK, one cheer? Maybe a whimper? Still can't hear anyone ...