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Regulatory Rush by Federal Agencies to Secure Trump’s Legacy

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rosecarmel Sat 17-Oct-20 15:10:43

WASHINGTON — Facing the prospect that President Trump could lose his re-election bid, his cabinet is scrambling to enact regulatory changes affecting millions of Americans in a blitz so rushed it may leave some changes vulnerable to court challenges.

The effort is evident in a broad range of federal agencies and encompasses proposals like easing limits on how many hours some truckers can spend behind the wheel, giving the government more freedom to collect biometric data and setting federal standards for when workers can be classified as independent contractors rather than employees.

In the bid to lock in new rules before Jan. 20, Mr. Trump’s team is limiting or sidestepping requirements for public comment on some of the changes and swatting aside critics who say the administration has failed to carry out sufficiently rigorous analysis.

Some cases, like a new rule to allow railroads to move highly flammable liquefied natural gas on freight trains, have led to warnings of public safety threats.

Every administration pushes to complete as much of its agenda as possible when a president’s term is coming to an end, seeking not just to secure its own legacy but also to tie the hands of any successor who tries to undo its work.

But as Mr. Trump completes four years marked by an extensive deregulatory push, the administration’s accelerated effort to put a further stamp on federal rules is drawing questions even from some former top officials who served under Republican presidents.

"Two main hallmarks of a good regulation is sound analysis to support the alternatives chosen and extensive public comment to get broader opinion,” said Susan E. Dudley, who served as the top White House regulatory official during the George W. Bush administration. “It is a concern if you are bypassing both of those.”

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Whitewavemark2 Sat 17-Oct-20 15:53:08

Thanks for that. De-regulation seems to be an obsession with populists like Trump and Johnson’s right wing government.

Well it appears that Trump is facing up to the likelihood that he may lose the election.

That can only benefit the U.K.

MaizieD Sat 17-Oct-20 16:59:38

Can this be reversed by the next administration, rosecarmel?

Whitewavemark2 Sat 17-Oct-20 17:06:43

Would the judges have any influence?

rosecarmel Sun 18-Oct-20 02:27:59

I don't know the answer to either of your questions- The article indicates:

Every administration pushes to complete as much of its agenda as possible when a president’s term is coming to an end, seeking not just to secure its own legacy but also to tie the hands of any successor who tries to undo its work.

Coney Barrett, if appointed, can tip the scale- If Biden wins, he can add more justices and level it or stack it- I don't believe that's ever been accomplished, only attempted- It isn't against the Constitution because the Constitution doesn't contain any wording to reflect Supreme Court "size"-

Should Biden/Democrats win, stack the court, maintain the House and take back Congress, a Biden administration could have more leverage, hit the ground running and make Big Structural Changes that benefit not only the US-

In reality, I haven't a clue if a Biden win would benefit the UK because with tensions being what they are, haven't a clue what it will do to us as a country, should there be some sort of awful fallout-

Whitewavemark2 Sun 18-Oct-20 09:05:51

Well I think there are a number of things really.

First both of our countries are divided top to bottom and in the U.K. it is getting worse. Not only are the different countries divided and threatening independence, but we now have divisions within England and local governments at war with Westminster. Division is rife amongst the Tory party with the more centrist MPs aghast at the way the government is conducting its business.

Secondly we have the sort of rhetoric coming from the Home office that is encouraging hate crime against people seeking sanction and at the moment against legal folk who represent these people. A solicitor was threatened by a knife attacker who quoted Patel’s message. Despite senior ministers warning her to cool it Patel continues to ratchet up the rhetoric.
So there is division being caused by “othering” those folk who have nothing in the world and have fled, as we all would do from war and famine. So the empathetic culture so prevalent in previous decades which ensured folk facing these horrors like Patel’s parents to come to the U.K. has been stamped on.

Third this government is intent on attacking the institutions in the U.K. that have stood us in such good stead for centuries and have begun on the civil service by sacking at least 6 senior civil servants replacing them with Cummings puppets.

It is what populists do.

Divide and rule.

I am sure you recognise all this in the USA as well.

How will it benefit U.K. if Trump loses?

Well Johnson will be the only populist left in the Western world and there will be little doubt that his star is waning. He will be alone in his world view and receive little support from other countries including the USA which the right wing of the Tory party were banking on to get a trade deal.

To my mind this form of populism has done nothing but harm to our countries particularly in the dreadful divisions they have ruthlessly created.
A good deal of healing needs to be done and it will take a long and hard time to do so.

Whitewavemark2 Sun 18-Oct-20 09:23:10

I see Trump has indicated that he will not be staying in the USA if he loses.

I suspect that he has an escape plan prepared as he must be lined up for untold amount of litigation by various authorities and individuals, including bankruptcy.

It’s what populists do, their rhetoric when in power is all about patriotism and nationalism, but look what happens when they lose that power. Off they go.

It is hollow and lies.

Look at Farage.

MaizieD Sun 18-Oct-20 13:28:32

You've forgotten Hungary, Wwmk2. There's another populist government.

But good posts ?

Whitewavemark2 Sun 18-Oct-20 13:49:06


You've forgotten Hungary, Wwmk2. There's another populist government.

But good posts ?


I’m not feeling so confident about a Trump losing atm. But I live in huge hope.

rosecarmel Sun 18-Oct-20 14:17:38

WW2, I just now Googled the definition of wavemark .. ?

I know people get upset when I bring this up .. but ..

This country needs to heal from the injuries sustained from the personality traits of the last "two" administrations: Smug and Smugger-

To their credit, one provided some availability to healthcare and the other turned the heat up on China-

Two important things were revealed this week:

1 - Ted Cruz accused the Democrats of wanting to allow Charles Manson to vote even tho Manson is dead-

2 - Cory Booker proved that Coney Barrett's commitment to text ignored an injurious, racial workplace environment event on a case she presided over-

If the letter of the policy isn't the law of the land, it can be trashed in Supreme Court- Meaning Obamacare can disappear based on wording- Roe v Wade, the same-

There's a rush to trash both with nothing to replace either of them- Imagine the scenarios..

Whitewavemark2 Sun 18-Oct-20 15:14:21

Your posts are always a puzzle that I need to work out?.

But I am imagining the scenarios and it is not pretty!

I’m not sure that the revelation of those two things will have any affect on the Trump supporter.

Whether smug or smugger at least the poor were given some optimism that their health would not suffer because of their poverty. It is the mark of a civilised society imo.

Give me a clue about “wavemark”?

Whitewavemark2 Sun 18-Oct-20 15:43:19

I think that Republicans are reckoning on Coney Barrett being a winner. They constantly bring her name up.

rosecarmel Sun 18-Oct-20 17:24:22

Definition of wavemark from Merriam Webster Dictionary:

1: a very small ridge of sand made by a wave when it advances upon a low sandy beach and marking the limit of advance

2: one of many undulations on the bedding surfaces of a sedimentary rock due to wave action during the period of deposition

Fascinating- I didn't know those little ridges had a name-

As you know, healthcare here is a convoluted work in progress- The ACA (Affordable Care Act) Obamacare doesn't benefit the impoverished- It benefits those that can "afford" to pay for it- The impoverished have access to Medicaid which is provided for free or a small fee according to your level of poverty- Millions of people fall in between the two- They earn too much to qualify for Medicaid or not enough to afford Obamacare-

Obamacare doesn't prevent people from sinking into medical debt- Why? Because it doesn't provide 100% coverage- There are monthly premiums, deductibles to be met, co-pays- After those are financially satisfied, there is still a percentage of the medical bill out of pocket cost-

Obamacare is a collection of insurance companies, an insurance platform, a marketplace- Each state has several companies to choose from-

I hope that helps clear up the notion that the ACA was designed with poor folks in mind- I'm happy it is there, regardless-

Whitewavemark2 Sun 18-Oct-20 17:30:51

Oh yes I saw that and have spent many happy hours walking on them in my bare feet.

Thank you for that information regarding Obamacare. It clearly not comprehensive enough to give cover to the poor.

As I understand it is because it was the only way that Obama could get it through?

rosecarmel Sun 18-Oct-20 18:11:02

Yes- And it's better than nothing, not to mention not being turned away for pre existing conditions like pregnancy!

Republicans don't want abortion or to contribute to the cost of birthing-