Obama also waived away other controversial policies of his that have boosted government spending.
Obamacare, joked Obama, won’t be “the scary monster that the other side has painted.”
“I’ve expressed a deep desire and taken executive action to weed out regulations that aren’t contributing to the health and public safety of our people,” he claimed, even though federal agencies are drafting many new regulations for release in early 2013.
For his second term, he promising a major effort for immigration reform — plus a government-pushed effort to make buildings more energy efficient.
“I think there’s still more work on the energy efficiency side that we can do — helping to retrofit our buildings, schools, hospitals, so that they’re energy efficient — because if we achieved efficiencies at the level of, let’s say, Japan, we could actually cut our power bill by about 20-25 percent, and that would have the added benefit of taking a whole bunch of carbon out of the atmosphere,” he told the newspaper’s publisher and editor.