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Will Joe Biden Destroy Trump's Legacy of Deregulation?

Trump did more than any recent president to pare back regulatory red tape, but the incoming Biden administration is eager to add more.

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The most positive aspect of President Donald Trump's legacy is his administration's success at slowing the growth of federal regulations. It's also perhaps his most fragile.

During his first days in office, incoming President Joe Biden is planning to sign "dozens of executive orders, presidential memoranda" which will involve rejoining the Paris Climate Accords, expanding wilderness protections, and moving the country toward a 100 percent "clean energy" economy.

In order to facilitate this flurry of presidential activity, Biden will also need to take aim at Trump's executive orders that attempted to account for the costs of new regulations and limited the number of new rules which could be imposed.

"The priority of the Trump administration has been to reduce regulatory burdens," says James Broughel, a senior research fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. "The Biden administration is going to want to issue lots of new regulations. That's a near certainty. We're going from an era where reducing burdens was the goal to where burdens will be added in the name of achieving certain social goals."

The guiding light of the Trump administration's deregulatory efforts was Executive Order 13771. That 2017 order instituted the famous rule that regulators issue two deregulatory actions for every new regulatory action. It also created a system of accounting for the costs of new regulations and the cost savings of deregulatory actions. This was used to give federal departments regulatory budgets that limited the costs of new regulations they could impose, and often required them to find regulatory savings.

Using this measurement of regulatory savings, the Trump administration has been modestly successful at its goal of deregulating the economy, claiming $198 billion in eliminated regulatory costs. From fiscal years 2017–2019, the administration claims to have eliminated 3.6 rules for every new rule added. That ratio is 3.2 for fiscal year 2020.

Using other measurements, the Trump administration has been less successful. In some areas, they've done more to slow the growth of the administrative state without significantly reducing it. The length of the Code of Federal Regulations stayed essentially flat during Trump's time in office, hovering at around 185,000 pages. The Mercatus Center's tracker of restrictive words in the federal regulatory code comes to a similar result, finding that these words grew from 1.08 million at the beginning of Trump's term to 1.09 million as of January 1, 2021.

Trump "leaves us with fewer regulations than Hillary Clinton would have—though not many fewer regulations than we had before," summarizes Robert Verbruggen in a November National Review article.

One can expect this limited progress to be more than reversed under the new administration. Biden has already announced plans to reinstate Obama-era regulations that were pared back by the Trump administration.

Politico reports that he'll likely try to revive the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan—which regulated carbon dioxide emissions from power plants—that the Trump administration had replaced in 2019. Biden's housing platform calls for a revival of the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule that Trump gutted in July 2020. The Trump administration's replacement of the Obama administration's clean water rules will also likely be ditched.

The incoming administration's attempts to revive big Obama-era rules that Trump eliminated or scaled back will likely spark legal challenges. Biden will still have plenty of room to issue a steady stream of less significant regulations that typically don't attract lawsuits.

In order to facilitate new rules, large and small, Biden will almost certainly rescind Executive Order 13771 and all the limits it imposed on new red tape.

"All the cost caps will probably be eliminated," says Broughel, as will the regulatory budget the Trump administration used to account for the costs of new rules. Doing so would be a "slap in the face at trying to estimate the effects of the regulatory system."

Nevertheless, the fact that the Trump administration was able to adopt a regulatory budget at all proves that it can be done. Other future administrations might be more able and willing to pick it up again.

"I suspect in some form the regulatory budget will come back," says Broughel. "The Trump administration showed that it was workable."

Throughout his presidential campaign, Biden promised Americans a return to normalcy after the unusual, often unsettling administration of Donald Trump. There could be nothing more normal than the federal government issuing a steady stream of red tape without bothering to account for its costs.

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  1. “The most positive aspect of President Donald Trump’s legacy” was his appointment of conservative judges. But I agree this was high up on the list.

    The solution to greenhouse gases isn’t to regulate them. Instead, we need to ratchet down big government so that rich people will feel more generous and will create low-carbon resort colonies where people can retire. This way the robots can take over peacefully without resulting in war and genocide and huge carbon emissions.

    Also plant a few trillion trees. Yes this is possible. What the hell else are millions of retired people going to do all day?

      1. Makes it sound likes it’s too late anyway.

        1. Will Joe Biden Destroy Trump’s Legacy of Deregulation?
          Trump did more than any recent president to pare back regulatory red tape, but the incoming Biden administration is eager to add more.

          Sweet mother of God. Did reason.com hire some non-left wing staff after Trump's term was over????

          The most positive aspect of President Donald Trump's legacy is his administration's success at slowing the growth of federal regulations. It's also perhaps his most fragile.

          I cannot believe how pro-trump this article is... on reason.com!?!!.

          "The priority of the Trump administration has been to reduce regulatory burdens," says James Broughel, a senior research fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. "The Biden administration is going to want to issue lots of new regulations. That's a near certainty. We're going from an era where reducing burdens was the goal to where burdens will be added in the name of achieving certain social goals."

          Sweet Fuck! This guy needs to talk to the rest of reason staffers!!!! And all the libertarileftists here in the comments section. Marxist Tony. Leftist chemjeff. Woke SQRSLY. WTF!

          This guy is right. The left - is the party of regulations. Gun control. health control. wealth control. environmental control. Education control. They want to control everything. And that is the opposite of libertarian principle.

          1. “Party of regulations” = statists forever. Their history, going back to slave days, is control by the elites over the poors and the stupids. After slavery was taken away in 1865, they shifted to Jim Crow mandated segregation. When that was taken away almost exactly 100 years later, they shifted to mandated integration. Never ever has the Democratic party believed in letting people live their own lives.

            Republicans are statists too. They don’t believe in letting people live their own lives either. Drugs, trade, sex, those are the Republican dreads, where they tell everybody else to do.

            The primary difference is the Republicans hate certain things and use government to enforce their puerile morals; their goal is specific morals, which is at least some sort of principle, I suppose. The Democrats simply hate everybody and use government to control everybody, and that alone is their end goal. They have no principals except power.

            1. And today, they’re trying to bring segregation back. The scumbags also tried to re-legalize racial discrimination in California, but at least that went down in flames in the last election.

              -jcr

          2. Britches is the “designated libertarian” now.

            1. Pro forma is as pro forma does.

              The threat of actual liberty has passed, along with mean tweets. Now Reason can get back to talking about liberty in the face of galloping statism.

        2. R Mac, it IS too fucking late, and global warming is the least of our worries.

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      2. You’re missing the forest for the trees.

        The carbon is put directly into the weight of the tree. Thus mature forests will generally put out almost as much carbon as they take in.

        Whereas new forests will take up carbon and pack it right into the bark and trunk. Then cut them down after 20-30 years and start again with new trees. The trees are the carbon sink. Of course forest fires will undo all the progress so must be prevented. (Great opportunity for terrorists.)

      3. Then how was the Carboniferous era even possible?

        1. During the carboniferous era, bacteria were not yet able to break down cellulose. Wood didn’t rot.

          -jcr

          1. Is that the reason we have fossil wood?

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  2. Lol. Again glad the shift back to libertarianism and all…. but these questions should have been asked before the election. God damn.

    1. See my post below. Britschgi was actively downplaying Trump’s deregulation record all last year.

      1. Why? Were the rest of reason staffers running train on his ass?

    2. They’re just following the Republicans’ lead: being controlled opposition. Great for fundraising.

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  3. Elect fascists, get fascism.

    There will be nothing but regulations upon regulations declaring that regulations are to set us free.

    1. SleepyJoe loves him some lawz and regulations.

  4. What the fuck did you think was going to happen when your boy got elected Christian? Look in the mirror boy. You see that big red nose? You are once again beclowning yourself.

    1. Looking for Mr. Goodbar had a happier ending than this story will.

  5. Wait…Wait…Christian says that Trump’s deregulatory record is worth preserving?

    Are you sure you don’t mean, “Trump Brags About Deregulation, but a Huge Number of His Deregulatory Actions Were Started Under Obama — Trump has slowed new regulations to a trickle, but has largely failed to cut back the regulatory state.” That is really rich, given that in this article, Christian is fretting that Biden will *return* Obama regulations on Clean Air, Clean Water, and Fair Housing.

    That was what you wrote during election season…Maybe someone else at Reason was touting the president here…Nope: “The Trump Administration’s Real Deregulatory Record – As is so often the case, Trump’s claims are not matched by Trump’s actual record.”

    Oh here is another great one, from Christian: “The Trump Administration Has Issued the Fewest New Regulations In Decades. Does That Matter?– Raw counts of new rules added or pages in the Federal Register are a poor measure of deregulatory efforts.”

    If they were such a poor measure of deregulation, why does Christian use them as evidence in this article? Who knows how the wily mind of Britschgi works now that Trump isn’t living within it.

    1. Get the shovels out. There has been a murder.

      1. It is beautiful, maybe the best takedown I’ve ever seen on these pages.

    2. Peak doublethink.

    3. +1000

    4. Perhaps Christian “evolved”?

    5. Were they trying to sell a lie then, or are they trying to sell a lie now?

      Either way, many Reason writers are dishonest hacks.

    6. Sounds like Christian just writes for Reason, to slam whoever politician is in there at any given time. Don't believe anything they have to say.

  6. “Trump did more than any recent president to pare back regulatory red tape,” and replaced it with even more damaging uncertainty due to capricious executive whining and bullying stemming entirely from his brittle ego and personal relationships.

    We need a better choice than creeping Democrat over-regulation or Mad King Donald’s wild whims of the minute.

    1. Still prefer the latter to the former.

      1. Trump did NOT free us from the Cheap Plastic Flute Police!

        Will Biden do so? I am NOT holding my breath! I am suggesting that y’all don’t hold yer breath, either!

        Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, methinks!

        PS…
        To find precise details on what NOT to do, to avoid the flute police, please see http://www.churchofsqrls.com/DONT_DO_THIS/ … This has been a pubic service, courtesy of the Church of SQRLS!

        1. We need the police. To arrest you when you commit crimes against us. Why would we want you to be "freed" from the police?

          1. If you ignore him he will go back to shit eating in quiet.

    2. “…We need a better choice than creeping Democrat over-regulation or Mad King Donald’s wild whims of the minute.”

      Poor lefty shit was triggered every time Trump tweeted!
      Go whine to your mommy.

    3. I notice how your reaction to the Trump Presidency is entirely wrapped up in *emotions* instead of actual policy.

  7. Drumpf promoted the most economically disastrous regulation of all: he prevented Reason.com’s benefactor Charles Koch from hiring foreign-born labor. And if there’s one thing that’s bad for Mr. Koch’s business, it’s hiring American-born workers. That explains why his net worth collapsed to somewhere in the mid-50 billions last year.

    Even if Biden disappoints us Koch / Reason libertarians by raising the minimum wage and enacting other new regulations, he’ll still be better than Orange Hitler because of immigration alone.

    #ImmigrationAboveAll

    1. PS — Mr. Koch earned $194,000,000 today. That’s because the market is confident President Biden will be good for Wall Street and multinational corporations.

  8. I was enjoying some time off- Has Reason decided to fret about Biden plunging us into more wars, yet?

    https://www.reddit.com/r/171771/comments/fch5ch/us_presidents_and_their_wars/

    1. While I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m looking forward to more wars, they might have some positive results. Whenever the US military destabilizes a country, Koch / Reason libertarians can say “We have a moral obligation to invite everyone in the affected region to move to America.”

      1. …to invite everyone in the affected region to move to America.

        Then they will tell them that they will have free education, healthcare, housing, phones, food, and spending money on Amercia's dime. Yay!

        1. I hope you know it’s a one-trick-pony of a parody account. Hardly anyone replies unless they can land a zinger on the troll.

  9. The art of a bad propagandist casually smoothing over their prior, contrary assertions without an ounce of shame. Reason is a real art institute these days.

  10. …they’ve done more to slow the growth of the administrative state without significantly reducing it.

    This was and ever will be the best we can hope for.

  11. Remember how Republicans bitched about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for decades? Well, they had a chance to end them 2017-now.

    Trump Team’s Final Act on Fannie-Freddie Leaves Fates to Biden
    By Joe Light and Saleha Mohsin
    January 12, 2021, 11:44 PM EST

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-13/trump-team-s-final-act-on-fannie-freddie-leaves-fates-to-biden

    Another Trump failure. Like the lack of trade deals. The shitty economic/GDP growth (worst since the Great Depression).

    Failure.

    29% favorable rating on the way out the door.

    Loser and failure.

    Fuck you Con Man.

    1. Man. Biden cultists are the worst.

      1. Ha! We know you’re nuts and a true Trump cultist because you profess your Trump-Love every day here.

        Biden is in over his head. At best he might become an average POTUS. He doesn’t have the chops to be anymore than that.

        I am pro-gridlock. The best we can hope for is nothing new.

        1. Gridlock? What gridlock? Now that Trump is out of the picture, there is not going to be any gridlock. The Democrats are full tits, face first on the slip n’ slide to their authoritarian wet dreams while the Republicans bicker over how much lube they should keep spritzing on the runway.

          This new government of ours is going to get along just fine.

          The people, not so much.

          1. Nope. 50 Dem votes in the Senate doesn’t get to the cloture level.

            You need 60 votes in the Senate.

            The worst legislation the far left wants is Medicare For All and there aren’t 15 Dem Senate votes in favor of it. It’s dead.

            1. The Democrats fully intend to preserve the legislative filibuster, because they are interested in bipartisanship.

              1. Democrats had 60 votes back in 2010 and couldn’t pass a climate pollution bill.

                Democrats agree on very little.

                Unlike Republicans who all vote in lockstep.*

                *except when McCain wanted to give a big FUCK YOU to Trump on Obamacare.

                  1. Your link provided zero examples of Dems voting in lockstep on major legislation.

                    Even on abortion Dems allow pro-choicers like Bob Casey Senator PA.

                    The GOP is 100% Aborto-Freak. No republican can support reproductive freedom or he/she is ostracized from Der Stasi.

                    1. Your link provided zero examples of Dems voting in lockstep on major legislation.J

                      We have to vote for it to see whats inside of it! - Democrats.

                      Jesus, delusional, this one.

                    2. Yes, it actually does. You can also look at the house voting record you retarded fuck. The Republicans had the freedom caucus who voted against McConnell often.

                      God damn youre ignorant.

            2. How much of a cultist are you? Biden has promised laws by EO and rule changes. God damn son, at least pretend to not be so fucking obvious with your worship.

            3. Nope. 50 Dem votes in the Senate doesn’t get to the cloture level.

              You need 60 votes in the Senate.

              The worst legislation the far left wants is Medicare For All and there aren’t 15 Dem Senate votes in favor of it. It’s dead.

              They don't need cloture. I guess you haven't' been paying attention the last decade in politics? They wanted to kill the filibuster. 51 votes man.

        2. “…I am pro-gridlock…”

          And he can’t seem to spell “lying sack of lefty shit”, either.

        3. You have done nothing but defend every biden initiative including the GND. Lol. Youre a true cultist.

          1. Bullshit. My only comment on Biden’s GND was that it cost less (at $2 trillion) than the Trump Flu and Welfare Handout Bill of 2020.

            1. Cost less in cash layouts, but the side effects are the real cost.
              Everyone is back in Stone Age poverty, “but we only spent 2 trillion” to do it.

              1. That’s funny. You act as if you believe it will only cost $2 Trillion. It’s also funny that we can use only and $2 Trillion in the same sentence.

            2. Bullshit. My only comment on Biden’s GND was that it cost less (at $2 trillion) than the Trump Flu and Welfare Handout Bill of 2020.

              In one instance, the people get money back. In another instance, the government spends it. Pardon me if I can't see the "costs" of giving the people back their money.

              The problem with you people is, you think the government is entitled to everyone's money, and paying less taxes means "taking money from the government." You people make me want to puke.

            3. Bidens GND isn’t 2 trillion dumb fuck. That’s his covid extension plan to do the same things already being done.

              You are a really really stupid person.

        4. I am pro-gridlock. The best we can hope for is nothing new.

          Democrat house. Democrat Senate. Democrat presidency.

          Sure... Gridlock. We had gridlock - under Trump - LOL.

    2. Did you see the NBC poll that has Trump favorability at 43% and incoming Biden favorability at 44%. LOL! The public gets it, garbage out, garbage in.

      1. Trump’s approval rating hits historic low of 29% after Capitol siege as his favorability with Republicans nosedives, new poll finds
        John Haltiwanger Jan 15, 2021, 12:43 PM

        https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-approval-historic-low-capitol-riot-gop-support-drops-pew-2021-1

        I read the business sites mostly. Forbes, Bloomberg, WSJ.

        1. Gee, lefty shit could have gone to Wiki for a better source.

          1. Why do you hate business, Sevo?

            1. It was pew research child rapist.

            2. Lefty shit thinks ‘business insider’ is about business; next, he’ll tell us that daily worker is about workers.

        2. Trump’s approval rating hits historic low of 29% after Capitol siege as his favorability with Republicans nosedives, new poll finds
          John Haltiwanger Jan 15, 2021, 12:43 PM

          https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-approval-historic-low-capitol-riot-gop-support-drops-pew-2021-1

          I read the business sites mostly. Forbes, Bloomberg, WSJ.

          Wait 3 weeks. It will be at 55%

      2. Your polls must have been conducted before the Jan 6 Trump coup attempt.

        1. A coup or coup d’état is the removal of an existing government from power, usually through violent means.
          Why would Trump throw himself out of office?

        2. Your polls must have been conducted before the Jan 6 Trump coup attempt.


          1) It wasn't a coup.
          2) It certainly wasn't "trump's" coup.
          3) It was a mostly peaceful protest as described the the standards of leftist journalism.

        3. I explained it was the NBC poll. You literally could have Googled it and found out it was conducted after the 6th in the time it took you to write your statement speculating incorrectly on something.

    3. Another Trump failure. Like the lack of trade deals. The shitty economic/GDP growth (worst since the Great Depression).

      We had the greatest growth and lowest unemployment rate (lowest ever! among minorities) under Trump until COVID19 arrived and democrats nationwide started shutting everyone down.

      So... disagree with that! Not a loser or failure. Not a con man. I did noticed you omitted the topic of this article: That Trump was a non-regulating kind of guy (i.e. not a dictator - lol). What's the matter? You want more regulations? You want the government telling you what you can and can't do?

      1. “…The shitty economic/GDP growth (worst since the Great Depression)…”

        Turd’s been called on this lie since at least two years ago, but continues to repeat it:
        “…We often think Tony, Shrike, and ChemJeff are being dishonest–especially when they don’t seem to learn anything from having their arguments shredded and smeared in their faces everyday for years. But the fact that they don’t seem to learn anything–knowledge wise or in terms of critical thinking–may be consistent with the hypothesis that they’re just not that bright…”

        Turd and the other lefty shits simply haven’t the mental acuity to understand that there is a quantitative difference between their fantasies and fact.

        1. At some point the persistent ignorance does become mendacity.

          They are liars, even if most of the lies are good to themselves.

          1. Are told to themselves

  12. Um, duh.

  13. I think that Joe Biden will destroy Trump’s legacy of deregulation by reregulating every thing that Trump deregulated. Now he will have four years to do that unless he drags his feet to much which I don’t think that he will. But if he does I am a thinking that Joe Biden will find a reason that he will need to resign. If he doesn’t then he will be forced to resign.

  14. Late and short…

  15. Of course.
    That is the platform he ran on.

  16. Reason is pathetic. Where was this acknowledgment and praise of Trump’s deregulation six months ago?

    If there’s more regulation, Reason shares the blame for it and everyone who is hurt by the regulations can point at Reason as guilty.

    1. Reason is pathetic. Where was this acknowledgment and praise of Trump’s deregulation six months ago?

      They wanted a socialist commie pinko president. That's where the praise went - out the door.

      1. Yep, they a poseurs pretending to be opposition.

  17. I think somebody just realized the thirty pieces of silver was a really bad deal.

  18. “Will Joe Biden Destroy Trump’s Legacy of Deregulation?”

    Of course, but that’s the left wing policy agenda that Reason editors and writers campaigned for.

  19. “Trump did more than any recent president to pare back regulatory red tape, but the incoming Biden administration is eager to add more.”

    Can anybody think of a way this outcome could have been avoided?

  20. The Democrats actively seek to a create a poorer society. Little phrases such as ‘Americans need to consume less’ means that American need to have less money to buy stuff. The Dems are quite effective at accomplishing this on a regional or city basis. Detroit, Chicago and much of the old Rust Belt are good examples. They are trying hard with San Francisco and it may succeed. They do struggle with growing places like Utah or Texas.

    They have a very slim hold on the federal government, but the Republicans are going to be in a bit of disarray after Trump. The Dems have their best chance in years to crush the economy to achieve the poorer country they seek. They’re not going to let that pass.

    1. Yeah, the whole purpose of progressivism is to force individuals to make sacrifices for what they say is the common good, and that goes for pretty much everything from forcing us to sacrifice our standard of living for the benefit of people in other countries to forcing us to sacrifice our healthcare so that people who don’t work for a living can get it for free. As you say, they want a poorer society, and they talk about it openly when they talk about things like “income inequality”.

      1. …Big Revolutionary PLANS to… and I quote Obama, “Fundamentally change the Nation”. The USA as defined by the U.S. Constitution has not survived well against “Revolutionary Plans” of the Democratic National Socialist Party.

        1. Global Socialist

  21. I’m listening to *Frontline* giving Biden a tongue-bath…they’re in the 2020 campaign but haven’t got to Huntergate yet.

    1. Nope, nothing about any scandals.

      Heroic politician faces family tragedy, learns from mistakes (i. e. not being woke enough in the past), now becomes President and faces awesome challenges.

      1. “Heroic politician faces family tragedy, learns from mistakes (i. e. not being woke enough in the past), now becomes President and faces awesome challenges.”

        Politico, never holding a job from which he could be fired, ends up a multi-millionaire as a result of using pimp son to sell political access, ends up POTUS after 4-year media attack on his opponent.
        Pretty sure droolin’ Joe’s been covered right there. Did I miss anything?

    2. Biden tonguebath could easily replace ‘free minds and free markets.’

      At least it would be honest.

      1. I’d suggest “*Now* you tell us!”

    3. This Hunter stuff is QAnon cult shit. It’s not real. You’ve been duped.

      And if you think any responsible journalism should care more about what the son of a private citizen did than the pandemic, coup attempt, inauguration, Trump’s execution spree, or national popcorn day, you don’t know what journalism even is. It’s not there to stroke your hate cock.

      1. So obviously false that Dorsey apologized for blocking it, yes, I see it all now.

        1. …and I alluded to the fact that they documented Biden’s violations of woke purity – opposing busing in the 70s, for example, which presumably is also of less contemporary concern than Covid.

      2. Hunter’s multiple stints in rehab are not real?

        Yeah sure.

  22. Hahahahaha!

  23. If your big idea is that government regulation is always bad, you are in a religion.

    Or are we not supposed to wait around for all the milk and honey to flow from Trump’s only stroke of genius, his economic policy? Do you even care if it helps anyone but the corporations that have to spend less money on basic reciprocal duties to the society they make money from?

    1. “If your big idea is that government regulation is always bad, you are in a religion.”

      The Left tends to defend regulation for the sake of regulation, and is distinctly uncomfortable by anything they deem as “unregulated” without defining what good and appropriate regulations would be. Your side worships the government bureaucracy as its god. You are projecting your religious fervor.

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  27. “The guiding light of the Trump administration’s deregulatory efforts was Executive Order 13771. That 2017 order instituted the famous rule that regulators issue two deregulatory actions for every new regulatory action.”

    It instituted no such rule.

    The rule it instituted was that regulators “identify” two prior regulations “for” removal for each new one, not that they actually remove on a two to one basis. Which explains why Trump is leaving office with a record of increased, not decreased, federal regulation.

    1. The process of rescinding regulations and making them stick is a difficult process, especially in the face of activist lawfare and jurisdiction shopping.

  28. I am sure all these executive orders Biden will issue in the first weeks of his regime to undue Trump’s legacy will not be overturned by the courts for nit-picking technical reasons like them not going through the proper bureaucratic vetting.

  29. One can only hope. Only in a fucking idiot’s mind does lack of regulation mean fairy tales and lollipops.

    Ever think that regulations are sometimes a necessary evil? You know, same reason your drinking water isn’t laden with a bunch of chemicals because a power plant couldn’t stand to give a shit about what they were sending to it?

  30. This article alludes to fact supported by other studies of the deregulation efforts of the Trump Administration. Namely that deregulation was more talk then action and that few regulation were actually rolled back. It is true that the Trump Administration did not enact a great number of new regulations. So new regulations in the Biden Administration will not so much be a change as a continuation of regulatory efforts of the Obama Administration.

  31. I saw this gem in another Reason piece “As Biden now admits, Trump was right.”

    The next two years are going to be quite the awakening for America. Now that the emotional impetus of President Trump is gone, the TDS has been suppressed. It will always be there, but without a daily threat of reading his tweets or watching MSM propaganda, people will be forced to confront the reality of his policies and realize that he was actually pretty awesome. Reason writers have “suddenly” become more Libertarian again because TDS was real. That’s where things get really exciting. People will notice these policy accomplishments, most of which can be summarized as ‘we won’t use the government to interfere anymore’ and they’ll start asking why they had TDS in the first place.

    Trump’s legacy will be the movement. I think he’s done for good and doesn’t want back in, but the next Trump will be kinder, more eloquent and a lot smarter. We’re looking at a real Reagan 2.0.

    1. Trump is not done for good. It is not in his personality. He is one of those people who has to be the center of attention and he is very good at that.

      His first order of business will be to find a voice. Start Trumpnews or something. He will want revenge and to stay in the spotlight. He very well might run for office, if not president then something else. I doubt he is much interested in his business anymore. He has always gone from one thing to another.

      His base is still there. He will use that. He will try to influence elections ongoing. We have not seen the last Trump rally.

      In any case his business which mostly consisted of putting his name on things is probably too controversial for most investors. Already his main banker Deutchebanc has said they are done.

      1. “Deutchebanc”… does that have something to do with the Netherlands?

      2. I definitely agree on the rallies, but I don’t think he’s seriously going to run again. He tried to ask the wrong kind of questions over the last 3 months and realized that even the President can’t beat the system. He’s been banned from mainstream society and will have an extremely difficult time achieving the kind of outreach necessary to win another race. His movement has already won though. Dinosaurs like McConnell can’t see it yet, but the future belongs to reps like Madison Cawthorn. People will forget about Trump and the seeds he planted, but we won’t.

        It’s a great time to be Libertarian. I feel like we’ve finally damaged the Republican party enough that the last few self-centered politicians have been forced to reveal their hand to save their career. It’s our time to reshape the party for the better.

  32. If Biden is true to his nature, then we will return to authoritarian levels of regulations instead of the authoritarian-lite levels of Trump.

    Neither are good, hopefully the population will wake up and see that there really isn’t much difference between the Statist Democrats and the Statist Republicans.

    It is time for voters to choose a third party that suits their beliefs. Regardless if it’s the Libertarian party or the Green party, we need to transform into a multi-party system and interject honesty into the system that has been corrupted by the two party duopoly.

    1. Republicans are only statists on the really important issues though.

    2. You can’t even convince most people who consider themselves libertarian to vote LP. They are too stuck in the two party mentality.

      Thing is if you could do that we could at least get enough votes to influence the system.

  33. Don’t worry. I’m sure Jill sees to Joe’s regulation with plenty of fiber in his diet and at least 6 glasses of water a day.

  34. Well, it was a hell of a party, republicans. You may not remember much, but we’ve got answers. Yes, you did voluntarily choose to carve a 45 into your forehead like a confused Manson disciple. Yes, that’s part of the reason for your headache. No, it does not look like a mole. Yes, this will impact future job prospects.

    1. “Yes, this will impact future job prospects.”

      Mainly the job prospects of people who can’t be hired for 15 bucks an hour and will therefore end up on the black market of unregulated slave labor, which will grow bigger than any Democrats’ regulation-boner could ever fathom to be.

    2. Wow, you’ve really got the Pubs figured out, eh? No wonder the Dems still don’t understand why they lost in 2016.

  35. When you vote for a toddler for President, expect the long term effects to not what you expect

    YEah backlash is mofo

    1. ^All emotion No brain.

      1. Excellent description of traitortrump and his followers
        There is an excellent discussion to be had about regulation and its effects, unintended or otherwise. trump has no idea how to do that, and it would seem neither do you

    2. Yeah, he’s a child, but that doesn’t excuse mofo backlash.

  36. I only wonder why the headline had a question mark instead of a statement with multiple exclamation points. We know liberal democrats that are mostly attorneys believe they know how better how to run every business from technology to oil production better than engineers, scientists with decades of experience.

  37. It’s not even necessary to read the Reason’s actual articles any longer–just scan the headline & laugh. I mean, who in fuck saw THIS coming?

  38. That’s hilarious that you frame that in the form of a question. Let me fix that for ya. Joe Biden Will Destroy Trump’s Legacy of Deregulation!

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