There is a lot of red tape generated daily by the Executive Branch’s vast bureaucracy, but Trump is the first president in two generations who is actively working to reduce it.
In one of his first official actions, Trump signed an executive order in February 2017, just days after his inauguration, aimed at dramatically slashing regulations.
Trump’s order, titled, “Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” is the buzz saw to red tape that corporate executives and business leaders have been waiting for, and which Trump promised.
“It is the policy of the executive branch to be prudent and financially responsible in the expenditure of funds, from both private and public sources,” the order states. In short, the EO directs federal agencies to get rid of two regulations for every one new one issued.
Most 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, by comparison, would greatly expand the power of the federal government in a way like President Obama did, adding layer after expensive layer to existing rules and regulations that sap innovation, stunt the economy, and reduce job growth.
And one of the worst offenders, if she wins next year, is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
According to an analysis of her proposals by Fox News, Warren would create something like 20 new federal offices and agencies, and each of them, of course, would be writing and issuing boatloads of new regulations.
The network reported:
Some of these are entirely new; some would replace existing agencies, only on a bigger scale; and some would represent a relaunch of old agencies disbanded years ago. Taken together, what is proposed is a significant expansion in the size of the federal bureaucracy.
The new offices would include one to ‘educate’ members of Congress on technology, one to investigate ethics violations (Congress already has an Ethics Committee, by the way), and another that would ensure the United States was largely trading with “green” countries — that is, those that have adopted economy-killing green energy infrastructure (which would essentially kill off all trade with two of the biggest polluters on the planet, India and China).
As Fox News noted, one new agency she has in mind would be called the Secure Democracy Administration, and it would be empowered to take over federal administration of federal elections “from state governments that run afoul of certain standards.” Mind you, all elections — federal, state, and local — have historically been handled by state and local governments because that’s what the Constitution prescribes.
Also, a new White House Budgetary Office of Tribal Affairs would “track and advance” spending on Native American lands (though, remember, Liz’s nickname is “Fauxcohontas” after lying about having Indian heritage for decades).
Republicans, meanwhile, see her reliance on expanding government as a political liability, not an asset, especially in contrast to Trump’s vision of cutting red tape.
“No surprise that Elizabeth Warren wants to expand unnecessary government bureaucracy on top of her radical socialist proposals,” said Sarah Matthews, President Trump’s reelection campaign deputy press secretary.
“Despite what Elizabeth Warren may think, more big government isn’t the solution. President Trump believes our government should be smaller, smarter, and more efficient which is why he has delivered on his campaign promise to shrink the federal bureaucracy and get the government off the backs of the American people,” she added.
There could actually be more than 20 new offices she would create, Fox News added, because not all of them she has mentioned appear on her campaign website.
One of those is the Office of United States Corporations, mentioned in legislation she has proposed but nowhere else.
Government isn’t now and never has been responsive or efficient. The very last thing Americans need is more of it.