The Trump administration has saved US taxpayers $1.3 Billion by eliminating unnecessary federal regulations.  Read the details here.



I’ve heard a lot of discussions about the President’s executive orders, but not a lot of accurate information.  Here is a short summary of orders as of this morning:

  • An order instructing agencies that whenever they introduce a regulation, they must first abolish two others. 


  • An order to restructure the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. 


  • An order to lengthen the ban on administration officials working as lobbyists. There is now a 5 year-ban on officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government, and a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government. 


  • An executive order imposing a 120-day suspension of the refugee program and a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from citizens of seven terror hot spots: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan. 


  • Multi-pronged orders on border security and immigration enforcement including: the authorization of a U.S.-Mexico border wall; the stripping of federal grant money to sanctuary cities; hiring 5,000 more Border Patrol agents; ending “catch-and-release” policies for illegal immigrants; and reinstating local and state immigration enforcement partnerships. 


  • Two orders reviving the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access piplines. He also signed three other related orders that would: expedite the environmental permitting process for infrastructure projects related to the pipelines; direct the Commerce Department to streamline the manufacturing permitting process; and give the Commerce Department 180 days to maximize the use of U.S. steel in the pipeline. 


  • An order to reinstate the so-called “Mexico City Policy” – a ban on federal funds to international groups that perform abortions or lobby to legalize or promote abortion. The policy was instituted in 1984 by President Reagan, but has gone into and out of effect depending on the party in power in the White House. 


  • A notice that the U.S. will begin withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Trump called the order “a great thing for the American worker.” 


  • An order imposing a hiring freeze for some federal government workers as a way to shrink the size of government. This excludes the military, as Trump noted at the signing. 


  • An order that directs federal agencies to ease the “regulatory burdens” of ObamaCare. It orders agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement” of ObamaCare that imposes a “fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/24/list-trumps-executive-orders.html 

Of course, you can find the official documentation for Presidential Executive Orders, Memoranda and Proclamations at the White House web site: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/executive-orders

Original posted on Canned Treats:

Proud to live in this era? Programmed for perfect happiness?  Coming soon?


More glimpses of the future here.

The White House, Congress, and federal agencies routinely ignore regulatory costs, exaggerate benefits, breach legislative and constitutional boundaries, and dictate lifestyle choices rather than focusing on public health and safety.

Red Tape Rising, The Heritage Foundation

The Obama administration has added 229 major regulations since 2009 with annual costs of over $100 billion.  The administration already has 144 additional rules being put into place for 2016.  You can read more about how the Obama administration has ignored both constitutional and legislative mandates to install these government controls here.


Study: At a Reading Desk (Frederick Leighton)

Three discussions of the relationship between Big Business and Big Government.  The Cato Institute offers this essay, an older but excellent piece demonstrating that “the history of Big Business is the history of Big Government.”  (This article is interesting as it predates the “Great Recession,”  a downturn caused at least in part by the disfunctional partnership of these two elements.)  Aaron Houlihan of Generation Opportunity offers a short, succinct demonstration that “ It’s Not Big Business vs. Big Government, It’s Both Against You.”  Houlihan points out, “[b]efore he supported it, Barack Obama called it corporate welfare.” Finally, The Weekly Standards Irwin Stelzer asks where the traditional US support for capitalism has gone in “Clueless Capitalists.”  Stelzer includes a nice description of how each of the four main presidential candidates stands on the capitalist system.