Morning in America is looking brighter every day.
Many conservatives have been wringing their hands after the beginning of the Trump administration, surprised at the immediacy of Trump’s promise-keeping and his quickness of action. He has done far more than anyone expected, but still they wonder: How can the Leviathan, the monster of the massive American state, be rolled back to a more limited form of government where Big Brother does not dictate every part of our lives?
They worry that Trump is not ideological enough, not conservative enough, not willing to make the sacrifices that will enrage the Left.
But he just led a full-on assault of the biggest danger to limited government and American prosperity: the regulation beast.
From Yahoo News:
President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will seek to dramatically pare back federal regulations by requiring agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced.
“This will be the biggest such act that our country has ever seen. There will be regulation, there will be control, but it will be normalized control,” Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office, surrounded by a group of small business owners.
For the rest of fiscal 2017, the cap will require that the cost of any additional regulations be completely offset by undoing existing rules, the official said on customary condition of anonymity.
Watch the historic signing here, as well as Trump’s clear explanation:
Axios shares the biggest takeaways:
- Whenever an agency proposes a new regulation, it has to identify “at least two” previous regulations to be repealed.
- For all new regulations, “the total incremental cost … shall be no greater than zero.”
- If there are new costs, they have to be offset by eliminating costs in “at least two prior regulations.”
- The process will be directed by Mick Mulvaney, who’s set to become the next director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Liberals, the media, and even some Republicans are questioning whether President Trump has such wide-ranging authority over the regulatory monstrosity in modern America. Hot Air weighs in on his latitude in this area:
By the way, for those who are wondering about overuse of EOs, this does fall within the authority of the president. Congress appropriates funds for agencies, but they are not required to spend it all, nor (outside of earmarks) are they bound to use them for increasing regulation. As long as the EO does not conflict with existing statute or cause federal agencies to exceed their jurisdiction, it’s legit — and another example of why elections matter.
Every conservative American should take a deep breath, along with anyone who voted for Trump in November. He is keeping his promises and not making us wait months or years to see what he can do. His rollouts in various sectors have been quick, surgical and effective.
America should gain confidence in their new President. In fact, they already are. Here we have a man that is not for the regulators, the middlemen, the Washington Elites, or the tree huggers. We now have a man leading us that puts the average American first, truly wanting every man and woman to have a job, prosperity, and real freedom for decades to come.