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The Astonishing Regulatory Crackdown

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My man…The Don!  Get the businesses going and stop the insanity we’ve put up with for eight years!

Now Donald, some of us out here would like to know one thing…Section 2 of your January 30, 2017, Executive Order “Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” states the following:

Sec. 2.  Regulatory Cap for Fiscal Year 2017.  (a)  Unless prohibited by law, whenever an executive department or agency (agency) publicly proposes for notice and comment or otherwise promulgates a new regulation, it shall identify at least two existing regulations to be repealed.

Can somebody inform us, The People, which regulations were identified for repeal when the small amount of new ones were written and whether or not they have in fact been repealed?

Come on Don…make our day!


Media pundits are more than happy to remain hyper-focused on what they absurdly allege are “incriminating” issues related to Donald Trump’s presidency. But rarely, if ever, do they focus on what, at least in theory, is good news for Democrats and Republicans alike — for example, the Trump administration’s unprecedented rollback in regulatory output.

After all, in 2011, Barack Obama stated: “What I have done — and this is unprecedented, by the way, no administration has done this before — is I’ve said to each agency, don’t just look at current regulations — or don’t just look at future regulations, regulations that we’re proposing, let’s go backwards and look at regulations that are already on the books, and if they don’t make sense, let’s get rid of them.”

Of course, the truth is that the regulatory state grew exponentially under Obama despite his rhetoric, and Democrats — contrary to what they claim — advocate regulations anywhere and everywhere they can get them. But one of the most ignored achievements of the Trump administration so far is just how little the regulatory state is growing.

In “The Historic Nature of the Regulatory Slowdown,” the American Action Forum’s Sam Batkins writes of the “profound” nature of Trump’s curtailing the regulatory state. Batkins astonishingly reveals, “The White House has released just 8 percent of the historical volume of regulation. Cabinet agencies have only finalized $33 million in costs, compared to a 2005 to 2017 average of $26 billion. On the cost side, regulatory output is just 0.12 percent of historic norms.” He adds, “By virtually any measure, dating back through two Democratic presidents and one Republican president, the lack of regulatory output is historic. … For perspective, the Obama Administration finalized $58 billion in regulatory costs during roughly the first four months of 2016. President Bush approved $22 billion in costs during this period in 2008.”

What would truly put the icing on the cake is if this trend can be maintained — which is questionable for various reasons and impending circumstances. But so far, the crackdown is truly something to behold. Hopefully, it also signals the revival of U.S. manufacturing. The Manhattan Institute’s Mark P. Mills says, “Complying with regulations costs manufacturers an average of $20,000 per employee per year, twice as great a burden as for other businesses. For the smallest manufacturers (i.e., those with fewer than 50 employees), that annual cost is $35,000 per employee per year. In surveys, America’s manufacturers routinely rank regulatory burdens as the top impediment to growth; a large majority also say that regulatory burdens are higher in America than in other nations.” We’ve got the momentum; let’s capitalize on reform by going even further.


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1 Comment

  1. Angus Rangus June 9, 2017 at 7:11 AM -  Reply

    All sounds good… and perhaps it remains the best first step in shrinking Fed GOVT.

    BUT, how about shuttering that Federal Dept of Education… as the 2016 GOP Party Platform promised… just to keep a premise of a promise to actually do some of the thangs insisted would be done when campaigning??

    One million ICE criminal Illegal Aliens ‘detainers’ for immediate deportation??

    HOW exactly does Kris Kobach know running for Kansas Governor that 686 Illegal Aliens are stealing ‘in-state’ tuition… which violated Title IX directly for any ladies of Kaleefornya or out of state residences who are American Citizens not able to get such unequal treatment??

    SO… I’m betting we actually got addresses on those 686 Illegal Aliens … who by Federal Law must be deported once known to any LEO in our nation?

    What good are GNU Regs… If no one is enforcing most any Regs to begin with??

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