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The Republican "free for all" on deregulation

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    While liberals have been visibly protesting Trump's actions like the Muslim ban, Russian connections to Trump associates, and deportations, Republicans and Trump in the meantime have been quietly rolling back regulations in a big way.

    New York Times, March 5, 2017: Leashes Come Off Wall Street, Gun Sellers, Polluters and More

    According to the New York Times, Republicans in Congress and agencies have delayed, suspended or reversed more than 90 regulations since President Trump took office. And dozens more rules could be eliminated in the next few weeks in what Steve Bannon has described as the Trump administration's intent to "deconstruct the administrative state".

    In many cases the changes are in response to corporate lobbyists and trade association executives requests. As the authors note, "On a near daily basis, regulated industries are now sending in specific requests to the Trump administration for more rollbacks, including recent appeals from 17 automakers to rescind an agreement to increase mileage standards for their fleets, and another from pharmaceutical industry figures to reverse a new rule that tightens scrutiny over the marketing of prescription drugs for unapproved uses."

    "The Business Roundtable , which represents some of the nation’s largest corporations and is led by Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, in mid-February gave Mr. Trump a wish list of 16 rules it wanted killed, including the mandatory disclosure of how much chief executives are paid ..."

    This is what Democrats need to be enraged about and protesting. Our candidates for elected office need to make noise about how Trump and his corporate cronies are having a free for all in rolling back Obama era regulations that effect the health and prosperity of middle class workers. It is Bannon's "deconstruction of the administrative state" and few people notice.

  • Strongly Liberal
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    This is what a coup looks like. We are a Russian asset now we don't need no regulations sending even need a constitution anymore ,Russia will soon tell us. what we can and cannot do. America is dead. We would be most fortunate if the crown would take us back.

    Population reduction is an old idea. I think it was Jacques Cousteau who said , ' it is a terrible thing to say we need to reduce the Earth's population by some 350 people a day , but even more terrible thing to not say.

  • Independent
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    Yes, this will bite us in the butt; just wait and see the "chaos' will make this an "third" world country for sure (if it is not already).
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Not seeing a whole lot by the way of tax cut proposals for working people coming out of this administration anytime soon :(

    Hard to reconcile Trump's economic populism and drain the swamp agenda with his actions and appointments.

    And hard to square Bannon with all of that.

  • Center Left
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    Carlitos, I would encourage you to contribute more frequently and on more than 1 topic. Trying times and good input is needed. Thanks.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    The GOP/Trump dropped today an outline in an binder of their proposed budget. As far as I can see some details it is an total disaster. Lots of cuts in all kinds of Departments, but sticking to his huge budget for the military. (which is an huge "waste factory" as far as I know the Pentagon never learned to account for anything; billions lost, but no one knows where it went.)

    Schmidt probably can enlighten us on the details. My feeling is; this is asking for lots of chaos in running things properly in the government.

    I saw an total overview on my computer, but don't dare to copy that because Jared says I can't.

    But anyway things are as I said ; there are also cuts in public transportation, even long range rail (Am Track). Thus as I said before, regardless of "infrastructure" boasted by Trump, we will still be an backwards country related to "transportation" thus no more trans continental rail, let alone high speed rail.

    Furthermore nothing was mentioned about the cuts in Aero Space, the UN, grants for countries in despair, etc.

    Of course nothing about the "trillion" for infrastructure.

    Of course the "wall" was hidden in an "other" budget; of course!!!

    Nothing at all about ongoing costs for all our war actions and military deployment cost all over the world.

  • Independent
    Washington
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    Dutch Wrote:

    The GOP/Trump dropped today an outline in an binder of their proposed budget. As far as I can see some details it is an total disaster. Lots of cuts in all kinds of Departments, but sticking to his huge budget for the military. (which is an huge "waste factory" as far as I know the Pentagon never learned to account for anything; billions lost, but no one knows where it went.)

    Schmidt probably can enlighten us on the details. My feeling is; this is asking for lots of chaos in running things properly in the government.

    On Morning Joe, they interviewed Trump's budget architect (can't recall his name). Seemed like a rational numbers guy, not another wacko from Bizarro World. He stated that the number of $$$ being spent is the same as last year, the only difference is where\how that money is spent. The funny part of what he said was that he had to go back and review all of Trump's impromptu campaign promises to figure out the budget; which is an ass-backwards way to create a budget.