Reining in the bureaucracy

On Jan. 30, President Donald Trump issued an order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they establish. It was in keeping with his pledge to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government.

Now, two organizations and a labor union have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the order. It is unconstitutional, they insist. It is not.

Trump’s order will repeal rules needed to protect the environment, along with the health and safety of Americans, the lawsuit insists.

But look back at what Trump did not do: He did not order any specific regulation be repealed. It is impossible to say, one way or another, how the mandate will affect health, safety and environmental protections.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are claiming, in essence, that every rule on the books is absolutely vital to our well-being. That, fellow Americans, is the definition of a bureaucracy run wild.

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