Trump is getting some things right

I have written that Trump does not have the right temperament to be president, and while I was happy that Hillary lost, I was not glad that Trump won. But Trump, or at least his government, has the right idea about regulations. Obama’s attitude was that regulation was a positive good to be employed wherever possible. Trump has the opposite attitude. I am grateful that Trump has stopped the administrative overreach. Hillary would have made it worse.

I am thinking of a couple cases. I know there are others, but I know less about them. I applaud completely Trump rolling back Obama's rule that held that a person or firm could be held criminally liable if they accidentally killed a migratory bird. They could be held criminally liable even if they had no reasonable way to avoid it or even know it might happen.

This was an unbelievably bad interpretation, a giant step on the road to tyranny. It is unlikely that it would have made it through the courts, but it hung like the sword of Damocles over the heads of ... everybody. Trump stopped it.

Another was the extension of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) to include temporary streams and even large mud puddles (i.e. dew ponds). This was a generally unnecessary regulation, since best management practices already protect water in these situations in most cases. MOST cases. Even the best land manager will sometimes cause some damage. You might have thirty years of significantly exceeding standards and then have a couple of months of "violation." A zero tolerance policy is stupid.

This is the kind of regulation promulgated by officials who never get their shoes dirty by looking at real work on the land. Pencil necked geeks who just like to boss.

Again, a person acting honestly and in good faith could run afoul of this law and be severely punished. This violates fundamental basis of liberty. Under Trump, this stupidity will not stand. Good.

Presidents get too much credit (or blame) for the economy, but it is clear that Obama was a drag on progress. That is one reason we had doldrums in economic growth. The Obama attitude did not stop economic growth, but it was kind of like having sand in your shoes or underwear when you are trying to do some hiking. We will do better now.

Posted by Christine & John at December 30, 2017 10:35 AM
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Thanks for your honest opinions John. I believe many people will come to appreciate the efforts of President Trump over the coming years.

The Obama “attitude” reminds me of the Carter presidency. They both exuded an opinion that America’s best days were over. Like President Reagan, President Trump believes we, as a country, are only limited by our own fears. They both governed with the principle that government exists for the benefit of the people.

Posted by: Royal Flush at December 30, 2017 4:14 PM
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Sure glad Gore isn’t president. Here are a few of my favorite predictions of his. Gore made a fortune hawking global warming gloom and doom.

“NINE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH— Al Gore predicted the North Polar Ice Cap would be completely ice free in five years.”

“Gore made the prediction to a German audience in 2008. He told them that ‘the entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in 5 years.’

“In January 2006, Al Gore posited ‘within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return’ and ‘a true planetary emergency’ due to global warming.”

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