Donald Trump is taking a “victory lap” around the country, holding rallies to thank voters and keep momentum going into his inauguration.
But behind the scenes, Team Trump is preparing to hit the ground running on Day One in the White House.
Obama, meanwhile, has been desperately shoring up his vaunted “legacy,” but other than being the nation’s first African-American president, what will be left after Trump and the GOP Congress gets finished?
Apparently not much, as the Boston Globe reports:
Republicans are readying an onslaught under what’s known as the Congressional Review Act to cast aside a raft of Obama administration edicts, including rules designed to make it harder for US corporations to avoid taxes; environmental rules aimed at curbing earth-warming emissions; and sweeping changes to overtime regulations that were set to guarantee extra pay for an estimated 4 million Americans.
“We plan to robustly use the Congressional Review Act to reverse the midnight regulations of Barack Obama,” said Wyoming Republican John Barrasso, who is a leader of the Senate effort. “His legacy lost. The American people said, ‘No, we don’t want that. We want to change direction.’ ”
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who pushed through the Act during the Clinton years, says he is “thrilled his creation will get some use”:
“We’ve gone through a period where unelected bureaucrats have arrogated a level of dictatorial power that can ruin lives, close companies, and totally disrupt local governments with no recourse. And to reassert the elected officials is, I think, a good thing.”
That’s a key point: It doesn’t matter who is elected, when unelected bureaucrats (who, even if they are incompetent, have jobs for life under union contracts, and who tend overwhelmingly to be Democrats) are in place to sabotage a Republican president, House and Senate.
It’s an undemocratic system — literally — so let’s hope the new administration is able to chip away at its power.
Source: Yes I’m Right