Donald Trump orders regulatory freeze on all government agencies until further notice
One of Donald Trump’s first actions as President, if not the first action, was to sign an Executive Order which he claims will lessen the burdens of Obamacare. To me this was nothing more than a symbolic gesture much like Barack Obama’s Executive Order which was supposed to close GITMO.
Shortly thereafter Donald Trump issued what amounts to a cease and desist order on all government agencies preventing them from issuing any more regulations for the time being. Here is more:
President Trump took a series of executive actions minutes after the inaugural parade concluded Friday evening, one of which was to place a regulatory freeze on all federal agencies until his administration provides further notice.
“The Trump administration will send a letter to all executive agencies tonight to immediately abide by a regulatory freeze,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters around 7:15 p.m. ET.
This was a central issue of Donald Trump’s campaign and it looks as if he is making good on it:
Reducing the regulatory burden on American industries was a central component of Trump’s populist campaign, and Friday’s executive order suggests the new Republican president is serious about taking steps to fulfill that promise during the first few days of his administration.
Barack Obama, in an attempt to try to slow down Donald Trump’s agenda before he took office, urged Federal agencies to issue hundreds of regulations. The problem with this, for Barack Obama and the Democrats, is that anything that is done through Executive Actions or regulations can be undone using the same processes and that is what Donald Trump is intending to do here.
I am not a fan of the Executive Order because, while there is a time and a place for them, this power is easily abused so I hope that after a review of which actions should stay and which actions should go we can get back to governing through the legislative process and stop with governing through Executive fiat. I just fear the temptation is too great…
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium