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Trump's Deregulatory Agenda Echoes Jimmy Carter's Attorney General

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President Jimmy Carter congratulates Griffin Bell after Bell took the oath of office as Attorney General in 1977. (AP Photo)

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 05:58 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Although most reports from the White House deal with the ongoing prospects of impeachment of the President, there is other news coming out of the Oval Office.

On Wednesday, the President signed two executive orders dealing with massive regulation from federal agencies.  One entitled "Transparency and Fairness” guards against secret or unlawful bureaucratic interpretations of rules and the other, “Bringing Guidance out of the Darkness,” which stops agencies from skirting the laws that let Americans provide input on government rules that can limit their freedom. 

Trump, according to Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought, “has made good on his promises by driving the largest deregulation effort since President Reagan took office over thirty years ago.” 

But there is another “ancestor” of Trump’s deregulatory agenda who is relatively little-known today but clearly on the same page as Reagan and Trump: the late Griffin Bell, former U.S. Court of Appeals judge, lifelong Democrat and attorney general under fellow Georgian Jimmy Carter .

Despite his Democratic allegiance and association with Carter, Bell was a fervent believer in deregulation and rolling back the bureaucracy.

In fact, much of Bell’s writing on the subject from his 1982 book “Taking Care of the Law” sounds almost eerily akin to what Trump and Vought said on Wednesday.

“Paradoxically, this bureaucracy that seems beyond control produces a flood of stultifying federal regulations that seek to control those in private or semi-private enterprise,” Bell wrote, “The cost of complying with those regulations is mind-numbing.”

He added that “[n]or should regulatory harassment in the form of overregulation of business be allowed to impede national growth, as it has.”

In what could easily be written by Trump in his executive orders Wednesday, Bell concluded 37 years ago that “[t]he phenomenon of overreliance on the courts goes hand-in-hand with that of excessive government regulation.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
 

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