Tuesday, January 31, 2017

D-Regulation

LGM has a good post about Trump’s latest attempt to take a meat cleaver to do brain surgery.

Regulations are bad. The worst! They won’t let you do whatever you want! shouts the yammering yam at 1600 Penn. Ave. And so he took his big yuge beautiful pen in his clammy little paw and …

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday aiming to kickstart campaign pledges to slash regulations.

The measure will expand regulatory review with the goal of revoking two regulations for every new one put forward, according to a senior administration official. Under the order, federal agencies will propose rules they want to drop and the White House will review them.

And not understand them. I mean, has anyone in that gang ever even looked at the United States Code? Do they have any idea what’s covered by the term Regulation? Or how rules are made?

Of course not. Anyone with any idea of how the regulatory process works would not even joke about doing this. Someone has given Bannon or perhaps Trumplethinskin himself a list of the titles of regulations that are Bad, including no doubt any that Trump doesn’t like and that’s it. When everything – even regulations industries have requested – grinds to a halt, the Republicans will claim they’re being efficient.

Take it from someone who works daily with regulations from government agencies; some are good and some are mind-numbing as to why they are there.  But if you give them more than just a cursory look, you will soon learn, assuming you’ve got a reading level that goes beyond Grade 6, that they are not only there for a reason — to prevent something bad from happening or to make something good happen — but if you pull out one regulation, you’re really getting into a very complex game of Jenga; one wrong move and the whole tower teeters and falls.

It’s also been shown that the people who complain the most about regulations are from businesses that have proven to really need it, such as banking and healthcare.  Anytime you have the two things that matter the most to people — money and living — there’s going to be someone who’s going to take advantage of it either for profit or other nefarious reasons.  In recent times it’s also become apparent that having an industry that can impact the environment needs regulation to insure that not only the people who work in it are protected, so are the people literally and figuratively downstream.