Trumps Rules to Rule out New Rules ; Biggest Challenge Will Be to Hold

By Sadd, Mark | Charleston Gazette Mail, December 7, 2016 | Go to article overview

Trumps Rules to Rule out New Rules ; Biggest Challenge Will Be to Hold


Sadd, Mark, Charleston Gazette Mail


It is a rule that only rule-makers could hate. I will formulate a rule which says that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated, President-elect Donald Trump has promised. Thats the kind of thing that sounds good on the campaign trail but may be a little more complicated when you implement it, White House spokesman Josh Earnest rejoined just as the Obama administration is rushing to implement more than 90 new regulations before this presidency ends. Except that Trump announced the rule after the election from a prepared text, as the president to be, far from the madding crowd. He spoke plainly: For every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. There was no evidence of faked sincerity or inebriety as Trump, a professed teetotaler, soberly declared his policy. If he is serious, and he appears to be, Trump has a powerful message to the nations regulators. An agency had better really want a new regulation it is proposing because it will have to give up two existing ones to get it. Official Washington is not holding its breath. Basically, Earnest implies, wait until the regulators get a hold of the Trump rule. His skepticism is duly noted. The rules supporters should be concerned about its prospects as it is fed into the gaping maw of the executive branch. Trump did not elaborate on his simple 11-word proscription. But imagine the initial recast of the elegantly concise Trump rule if assigned to the reliably bureaucratic Washington bureaucracy for whom the language of regulation is Parseltongue to the rest of us: After the Effective Date of this rule, no regulation shall be promulgated by the Executive Department under an Act of Congress except upon the rescission by a process of equal dignity of two regulations, each of equal effect to the projected effect of the rule to be promulgated pertaining to the same subject matter of the rule to be promulgated after the Effective Date of this rule; provided, however, the rescission of any regulation shall exclude the regulation proposed to be promulgated. For purposes of this rule, regulation shall mean any regulation promulgated by the Executive Department under an Act of Congress that purports to control one or more types of human activity, including, only by way of illustration and not by way of limitation, the manufacture, distribution, marketing, provision, selling or giving of any goods or services whatsoever, including, because you asked, pony rides, lemonade stands and Girl Scout cookies. …

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