President Trump’s latest executive order directs each and every federal agency to designate an in-house regulatory reform task force. Those task forces will have 60 days to create teams of officers charged with diving into the vast library of federal regulations. In 90 days, the Trump Administration expects a status report from each team.
Trump aims to slash regulation that do more harm than good.
“Every regulation should have to pass a simple test; does it make life better or safer for American workers or consumers?” he asked.
There are plenty of intra-agency rules that make government less efficient, while burdening everyday Americans.
Here are the regulations that should be first on the chopping block to make millennials more free and prosperous:
1-Net Neutrality: Current FCC rules lean towards treating the internet like a public utility. Sounds good, right? Not so fast. Consumers don’t have a choice of who provides a public utility to their home. That’s how we get stuck paying internet service providers such high rates. Repealing net neutrality would bring us one step closer to actually making internet service providers compete for our business.
2-Drug laws, but not for the reason you think: Sure, repealing the federal ban on marijuana would make life easier for those who partake. However, the real reason that marijuana law makes this list is that banning the drug has made Mexican drug cartels extremely powerful. Those cartels fuel the illegal immigration crisis by making large parts of their country effectively unlivable for ordinary people. The cartels have also forced people to cross the border illegally.
3-EPA’s Clean Power Plan: This regulation restricts the amount of greenhouse gases that power plants are permitted to produce. It sounds like a great idea, but it gives the American people almost no bang for our bucks. The Heritage Foundation reports that “at a cost of $7.2 billion each year, [the Clean Power Plan cuts] the annual increase of CO2 emissions by a mere… one-one hundredth of a percent.”
4-Health care administration: A popular meme goes, “Now that my mom doesn’t schedule my doctor’s appointments anymore, I just never go and hope I don’t die.” Medical administration is the exact opposite of the on-demand economy. Calling your doctor is an ordeal: no available appointments for months, ten minutes of command prompts before you can leave a voicemail, and trying to get your medical records is like pulling teeth. It’s a costly predicament, according to the Free Beacon. “In 2013, total administrative costs for insurers amounted to $4.64 billion. After the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2014, total administrative costs increased to $13.87 billion,” the Beacon writes.
5-Kinder eggs: We should be free to enjoy delightful chocolate novelties without government interference. If we can get government out of tiny chocolate eggs, we’ll be one step closer to getting it out of the big things, too.