POLITICS DRIVEN Presidency
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- Ø President releases January Executive Order calling for agencies to conduct a regulatory ‘look-back’.
- Ø Administration in May releases target list of health, safety, and environmental standards subject to review by agencies in months following — with eye toward eliminating or modifying them.
- Ø Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, “Regulatory Czar” Cass Sunstein, in same month, has an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal and gives a speech at the American Enterprise Institute in which she releases the target list and presses right wing, anti-regulatory, government disestablishment rhetoric. “‘Our goal,’” the Czar said, “‘is to change the regulatory culture of Washington by constantly asking what’s working and what isn’t. To achieve that goal, we need to obtain real-world evidence and data.’”
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“… [To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among [people], deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
“… [W]henever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
“Prudence … [dictates] that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes and accordingly all experience [shows] that [human beings] are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
“[However], when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute Despotism — it is their right and their duty to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.…”
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