Jeb Bush today rolled out a detailed plan to roll back — or at least reduce the growth of — government regulations. It's worth a look. One of my favorite passages was this:
The CFPB, created by Dodd-Frank, is controlled by a single individual who is effectively free of oversight from either the White House or Congress. Given the lack of accountability, it is not surprising that the agency aims build itself lavish headquarters, featuring a two-story waterfall and a four-story glass staircase and a budget that ballooned from $55 million to $216 million.
Another was this:
Today, 30 percent of the U.S. workforce must obtain permission from some level of government in order to do their job. That's up from five percent in the 1950s. From hair braiders and masseurs to florists and travel agents, more than 1,100 jobs now require an occupational license in at least one state. Licensing regimes slow job growth, limit employment opportunities, and make it harder for workers to relocate across state lines. They stand in the way of millions of jobs, raise consumer costs by more than $100 billion, harm military spouses and inhibit re-integration of former criminals, generally without improving products or services
One thing that concerned me was this passage:
we will repeal or reform the most onerous Obama rules and regulations. That starts with:
- Waters of the United States Rule
- The Carbon Rule
- The Coal Ash Rule
- Net Neutrality
What concerned me was the omission of ObamaCare. Maybe Mr. Bush plans to deal with health care policy in another detailed speech or policy paper, but it seems to me it is worth at least a mention high on the "most onerous" list.
It will be interesting to see what coverage the Bush plan gets from a press corps that seems more interested in its own narrative — Trump fails to correct questioner he says he didn't hear, Carson says he wouldn't like a Muslim president, whatever the "outrage of the day" or latest poll is.