New York's former lieutenant governor, noted Obamacare critic Betsy McCaughey, told Newsmax TV
on Friday that government regulation is increasingly dragging down the U.S. economy and burdening everyday life.
"It's getting to be too much for Americans," McCaughey told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.
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McCaughey said there's widespread evidence of Americans' fatigue with government intrusion into everything from business start-ups to healthcare choices.
"The fact is that recent polls show that most Americans want to send a very clear message to Washington: 'Leave us alone,' " she said.
But Washington isn't getting the message, and the Affordable Care Act, with its many mandates and restrictions, is not the only example, she said.
McCaughey said that efforts are underway in D.C. to tax sugary drinks and to regulate the amount of pollution allowed in rainwater in people's yards.
On the business front, McCaughey cited a Brookings Institution study from May showing that measures of business "dynamism" in the United States, such as the pace of new business formation, have slowed since the 1980s.
"Clearly, regulation is largely to blame for this," she said.
McCaughey quoted restaurant chain CEO Andrew Puzder of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., as saying, "It's a lot easier to open a new franchise in Siberia than California because of all the regulations."
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