BY JOHN FALKENBERG
NOVEMBER 17, 2017 AT 3:53PM
Democrats and Republicans alike seem to have it in their head that President Donald Trump is failing to drain the swamp.
He is draining it, however, and he’s doing so with the very best of conservative style:
His administration is cutting through Obama-era regulations like a hot knife through butter.
According to a statement the White House made in July, Trump’s making good on his promise to slash bureaucratic, ineffective regulations. “Agencies withdrew 469 actions proposed in the Fall 2016 Agenda,” the White House stated. In other words, Trump slashed former President Barack Obama’s regulatory agenda by cutting literally hundreds of actions.
The administration also “reconsidered 391 active regulatory proceedings by reclassifying them as long-term (282) or inactive (109), allowing for further careful review,” meaning that the wheat will most likely be separated from the chaff in a very big way.
And if we know the Obama administration, there’s going to be a whole lot of chaff.
Combined, that’s more than 800 regulations removed from active consideration by Trump and his team of swamp-drainers.
More good news from the statement included a fall in “economically significant regulations” by about 50 percent, down to 58.
Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget Director for President Trump, stated the administration was dealing with “that slow cancer that can come from regulatory burdens that we put on our people,” according to Reuters.
The Washington Examiner even reports that Trump is on course to top Former President Ronald Reagan when it comes to cutting regulations.
That’s a record hardly dreamed by many conservatives, but according to Competitive Enterprise Institute Vice President Clyde Wayne Crews, “It took a few years for Ronald Reagan to achieve his ultimate, one-third reduction in Federal Register pages following Jimmy Carter’s then-record Federal Register.
“So by this metric, Trump is moving much faster.”