Under the headline, "Was Jimmy Carter the Most Underrated President in History?" the New York Times has Peter Baker review Stuart Eizenstat's new book President Carter: The White House Years.
Carter's achievements have been something of a theme around here for years. Please see our earlier posts including: The Underestimated Jimmy Carter, Cato on Carter, Is Trump Another Carter?, and Justice Breyer on Airline Deregulation.
The airline industry deregulation enacted by Carter in 1978 with the assistance of Senator Edward Kennedy and his then-aide, now justice Stephen Breyer eventually resulted in the shutdown of the Civil Aeronautics Board, a federal agency that had existed for 46 years and at its peak employed 840 people. If President Trump wanted to follow that precedent, what agency might he target? Might it be the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection established by the Dodd-Frank legislation? Or perhaps something related to ObamaCare, perhaps even the ObamaCare legislation itself? And who, if anyone, would serve as the Senator Kennedy, a Democrat leading the charge for deregulation?