Obama’s Salmon Example from the SOTU

by Greg Pollowitz

To highlight too much regulation in America, President Obama talked about the over-regulation of salmon:

Then there’s my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they’re in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.

This is his “favorite example?” What’s so odd about this? The big issue with fresh water salmon is dams and how the damming of rivers affects their future as a species. And the Interior Department happens to be in charge of dams. Makes sense to me.

As far as saltwater salmon, they’re regulated by the National Marine Fisheries Serivce, which is part of NOAA, which is a division of the Deparment of Commerce.

Maybe Obama will put NOAA in charge of fish in lakes and rivers. Boy, that will save a ton of money.

This is just the first of what I expect to be many examples of how Obama’s rhetoric on cutting regulation is just that: rhetoric.