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Monday, July 22, 2019

Sir Trump slays bureaucrat dragon

President Donald John Trump has done what no Republican president has been able to do in my lifetime. He actually shrank government red tape.

Paul Bedard has paid attention.

He reported, "It was an odd, geeky campaign promise for a populist presidential candidate to make. But when Donald Trump in 2016 pledged to kill two Obama-era regulations for every new one, crowds went wild.

"Those cheers stuck with him when he moved into the White House, and he put his promise into an executive order. And now as he opens his reelection campaign, Russ Vought, acting budget office director, has delivered the results sure to win even more rally cheers.

"'We’ve hit 13 to 1,' he told a Heritage Foundation conference on federalism. And cutting so many regulations, he added, has saved taxpayers $33 billion."

That's a better ratio than Surf City, where there are two girls for every boy.

Bedard said the promise was geeky, but Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, explained its origin.

He said President Trump spoke of his days as a developer.

The Donald said, "I have to get a permit from this local bureaucracy, and this state bureaucracy and this federal bureaucracy and why do I have to do I have to do that? Why isn’t one of them enough? And why is somebody in Washington, D.C., telling me what kind of building I can build in Atlantic City, New Jersey."

Regulations are needed. Fire codes and the like save lives.

But come on, do we really need 61,950 pages of regulations in the Federal Register?

And those are only the ones we added last year, which was the smallest number of pages added in 25 years.

Eliminating unnecessary regulations is an unsung reason the economy rebounded after the slowest growth under any president since Hoover.


  1. Aha, Don. So now we understand why he ran for President. It was to help his real estate development business. Don't tell Schiff for brains or or Jerry "Slim" Nadler or that will become article 75 in the articles of impeachment.

  2. Jan Berry and Dean Torrance...breathtakingly great music. The key change in Drag City is just Der Scheise. GREAT pull Big D!

  3. > President Donald John Trump has done what no Republican president has been able to do in my lifetime.

    I think Reagan reduced the number of regulators, sort of a passive-aggressive approach. But hey, GHWB hired them all back and then some, so no worries there, eh.

    What's remarkable is the long drought between Reagan and Trump. For a party that kept hurling "Not True Conservative!" at DJT for so long, it's telling that whenever the GOP had a chance to show conservatives what being conservative was all about, they usually fumbled the ball.

    It's almost like they never were conservative, or something, and were lying through their teeth to their long-suffering supporters, or something.

    1. No almost to it, Lee, they never were conservative.

    2. True Reagan did indeed cut the red tape. The regulatory state is fascist at its core.

      We don't need statist fire codes! People think without the Papa statist telling us how to live we'd have no fire codes.


      Just like people think without the Papa statists we'd have no roads. Its complete nonsense and indicative of the public school indoctrination millions have been subjected to.

      They just can't break their minds out of the box the Progressive statists placed them into.

    3. Spot on. We have a fabric of laws, criminal and civil, that let citizens deal with all manner of malfeasance.

    4. Ah, but Lee- there was a reason for not supporting actual conservatism!

      There were books to be sold, think-tanks to be funded, pundits to pontificate on TV, and most important of all- cruise ship voyages to sell, so that the conservatives funding all those authors, think-tankers and pundits could hobnob with the royalty!

  4. Amazing what a businessman not beholden to the lobbyists or swamp critters can do!! Four More Years!