Reforming The Bureaucracy: How Trump Is Taming The Leviathan

Investor's Business Daily | 2/13/2018 | Staff
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Governing: While our distracted national media fawn over a murderous dictator's evil sister and pretend that the Rob Porter White House scandal means something, President Trump continues to remake our government.

Quietly, Trump has begun to whittle away at the power and permanence of our nation's bureaucratic ruling class by slashing regulations and limiting powers that Congress foolishly has allowed it to take over.

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It's not merely the size of the bureaucracy that matters. It's the increasing power that gives the anonymous men and women who toil in the U.S.' unofficial fourth branch of government immense say over nearly every aspect of American private and commercial life — with virtually no accountability.

This has long been a big issue for businesses. They often find themselves operating under federal bureaucratic "guidance documents" that, while they aren't law, are virtually indistinguishable from law as far as businesses are concerned.

Documents - Businesses - Directions - Law - Sounds

The documents provide businesses with directions as to how to comply with the law. Sounds innocent, but in fact Congress often writes the laws broadly and leaves it up to the bureaucracy to implement them. The "guidance" they offer therefore has the power of law.

Unfortunately, the "guidance" offered by federal bureaucrats tends overwhelmingly to be left wing in its political orientation, given the political make-up of our bureaucracy.

New - York - Times - Guidance - Documents

As the New York Times wrote, "Guidance documents offer the government's interpretation of laws, and often when individuals or companies face accusations of legal violations, what they have really violated are the guidance documents."

That is not the rule of law. It's the rule of bureaucrats.

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The White House took a huge step toward restoring Americans' rights when Rachel Brand, the Justice Department's No. 3 official, issued new rules last week saying the Justice Department would no longer "use its enforcement authority to effectively convert agency guidance documents into binding rules."

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