Today’s Questions for the President

by Peter Kirsanow

The unemployment rate is 9 percent. Worse, the overall  labor participation rate is at its lowest level in more than 25 years and nearly one in five American men in their prime working years is unemployed — more than at any time since World War II. Nonetheless, your administration is about to issue I2P2 — an OSHA rule that some employers estimate will cost approximately $3,000 per employee to implement.

Why do you believe it’s a good idea to issue a rule that significantly increases the cost of labor when the unemployment rate is 9 percent? Is there truly no other means by which you can substantially achieve the same objective without imposing such a  burden on employers and employees? Is it your administration’s plan to keep employees injury-free by keeping employees out of the workplace?

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