Candidate Donald Trump ran on massive regulatory rollbacks. And won thereon. Since being sworn in, he’s – in very un-Washington-D.C.-fashion – adhered to and started implementing his campaign promises. Including his regulatory rollbacks – pledging cuts of “75% or more.” Serious business.
His Cabinet almost inarguably is the most deregulatory in our nation’s history. To wit: Four years ago former Texas Governor Rick Perry ran for the presidency pledging to close the Energy Department. Trump just named him head of the Energy Department. Former Oklahoma Attorney General spent the last six years suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – fending the over-reaching, invasion-ary agency off of his state (and others) with a whip and a chair. Trump just named him head of the EPA.
And then there’s Ajit Pai – Trump’s choice to head the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Ostensibly an independent agency (Trump predecessor Barack Obama certainly didn’t treat it as such), it would be up to the Chairman to set a deregulatory course. Trump again chose inordinately wisely – elevating Commissioner Pai to the lead role.
Of course, when the average politico hears “FCC” and “deregulation,” they think of the ridiculous policy known as Network Neutrality – and the massive power grab known as “reclassification” that the Obama FCC executed to get there. Of course, the Obama FCC executed a whole host of massive power grabs – but Net Neutrality retains the highest profile. More