Cold Chills Are Coming
To repay this great nation for all it has given me, I am devoting my golden years to improving the quality of life for everyone in it by exposing the spin, innuendo, half-truths and lies that continuously come from the liberal elite and are blindly repeated by the little liberals who are unable to think for themselves. It's a hot, dirty, never-ending job so I'm always looking for ways to be more efficient.
Hemingway said, “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, crap detector.” Today that's even more essential for readers because liberals have become so adept at making their spin sound true, Hence, it occurred to me that helping people arm their crap detectors up front would be a more efficient way to repay my debt. It's a simple fact that whatever Trump says, good or bad, the liberal elite will try to make it sound bad or worse and the little liberals will repeat it. So, it's just a matter of picking something Trump says and predicting what their spin will be. Let's give it a go.
Recently, Trump gave an update on his campaign promise to cut red tape. The regulatory code in 1960 was 20,000 pages. Today, it is 185,000. He said he wanted to reduce the code to the length it was in 1960. Liberals want more regulation, not less, because they believe we little people aren't bright enough to make our own decisions. So, we'll undoubtedly hear from them on this subject. As we used to say in the Marine Corps, “lock and load.” (In Marine speak, that means get your weapon loaded and at the ready but keep the safety on until you need to use it.)
In addition to common sense, the ammo we'll need is basic information about regulations, so let's load some. Regulations can be written into law or created by the President and the various agencies of the Executive Branch . According to the Constitution, only Congress can make law. The Executive Branch is responsible for implementing and enforcing the law and can create any regulations it needs to do that as long as those regulations don't change the law or make new law. That was a 1952 Supreme Court ruling that has been upheld ever since.
The typical liberal blather is that Trump wants to destroy the country. So, their spin will probably be that he wants to eliminate any and all regulations that were implemented since 1960, thereby eliminating all good things that have happened since then. Safety off.
First, they will say segregation existed in 1960 and Trump wants to bring it back. They always start with that to try to divide the country. Fire your crap detector! The Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act, etc, etc, are laws that only Congress can repeal or change. They'll say he will do away with laws that protect your pension. Fire! Your crap detector understands the difference between laws and executive branch regulations. They'll say he will end Medicare, the Clean Air Act, Equal Opportunity and every other law enacted since 1960. What do we know about laws? Right. Fire at will.
They'll say that eliminating regulations proves that Trump only cares about corporations because regulations protect consumers. Common sense tells us some do, some don't and not all regulations are candidates for elimination.
Safety on. Reload. Many Executive Branch regulations would never be passed into law by Congress. Some are solely for the benefit of donors and/or special interest groups. Some cost jobs and otherwise adversely affect the economy. Some are out of date. And it's gotten way out of hand as the Executive Branch has become more skilled at finding laws they can use to create regulations that have little to do with the laws they are basing them on. Obama alone created over 7000 in just his last two years in office. But yes, some are beneficial. The bad should be eliminated and the good retained and that is exactly what Trump said he was going to do. But what's really needed is a law that requires all regulations to have a sunset provision so they have to be periodically updated or expire.
Sunset provision? Regulations expire? The mere mention of that probably sends cold chills up and down the spines of liberals from New York to California.
Corbin Luna is an old grouch who has been retired for twenty years and views politicians, political pundits and wannabes through a jaundiced eye. To repay this wonderful country for all it has given him he is devoting his golden years to improving the quality of life for everyone in the country by unmasking the spin, innuendo, half-truths and lies that continuously come from the liberal elite and are blindly repeated by the little liberals who are unable to think for themselves.