Friday, February 24, 2017

Deconstruction: I said it here first

President Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, calls "regulatory reform" "the deconstruction of the administrative state."

I beat him by almost a month.

But let's be clear:  "regulation" can also be another word for "protection."  As in environmental and/or consumer and/or civil-rights protection.

Bannon Admits Trump's Cabinet Nominees Were Selected To Destroy Their Agencies.

"When EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] responds to a massive toxic waste spill or a Deepwater Horizon explosion, or simply tells a coal company that it can’t pollute the surrounding air and water with its carcinogens, it is taking on a task on behalf of all Americans, not just the locals who happen to be affected.  When the Department of Health and Human Services administers a nationwide program of medical care for the elderly, it is responding to the needs of all Americans, not just the well-off.

The nature of “Federal” agencies is just that—to preserve uniformity throughout the country so that (in theory at least) no single state or locality is treated with preference over others. The hundreds of thousands of people who work for these agencies are there because of their expertise and their dedication. They are not politicians.  They are not “elected." But they do work for all of us.

Bannon knows that there is no realistic substitute for these Federal agencies. When Bannon talks about dismantling the "Administrative state,” what he's really talking about is allowing corporations and industry the absolute right to do whatever they want, whenever and wherever they want, regardless of its harmful impact on American citizens."


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