May 22, 2018

Promises Kept!

How about that Trump fellow. He's really something, isn't he?

I'm nothing if not fair -- and James Freeman has some kind words for the President today.

History shows that when a new President arrives in Washington, many elements of his campaign agenda do not survive the first 100 days in office. Others are jettisoned over the course of the following several months as political hopes collide with Beltway reality. Yet after a promising start in 2017, it appears that Donald Trump's effort to eliminate government red tape is not only still active but may even be accelerating.

That's the news today from Washington's unofficial scorekeeper of the federal regulatory burden, Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Over the years, candidates too numerous to count have promised to streamline and reduce Washington's myriad rules and regulations. By Mr. Crews's tabulation, the current occupant of the White House is one politician who is actually exceeding his signature promise in this area.

Mr. Crews recalls that Mr. Trump promised that his administration would knock out two rules for every new one added. The tabulation gets a little complicated, but Mr. Crews reports that Mr. Trump is delivering more than he promised. Specifically, Mr. Crews counts five deregulatory actions for every one regulatory rule-making during the Trump administration.

Well done.

Trump Revolution Posted by John Kranz at May 22, 2018 5:48 PM

Yeahbut. Yeahbut.

This is some serious hackery to federal red tape. It's reminiscent of Al Gore's infamous claim that under Clinton, they would wipe out waste, fraud and abuse to make our government do more and cost less. Except this POTUS is actually doing it.

Posted by: johngalt at May 23, 2018 4:34 PM

No wonder Washington hates him - delivering on campaign promises?!? What next; peace in Korea? The Horror!

Posted by: nanobrewer at May 27, 2018 12:14 AM

Or ripping children out of their mothers' arms at the border. Something...

Posted by: jk at May 27, 2018 12:48 PM | What do you think? [3]