January 29, 2007


Bush Directive Increases Sway on Regulation (ROBERT PEAR, 1/30/07, NY Times)

President Bush has signed a directive that gives the White House much greater control over the rules and policy statements that the government develops to protect public health, safety, the environment, civil rights and privacy.

In an executive order published last week in the Federal Register, Mr. Bush said that each agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee, to supervise the development of rules and documents providing guidance to regulated industries. The White House will thus have a gatekeeper in each agency to analyze the costs and the benefits of new rules and to make sure the agencies carry out the president's priorities.

This strengthens the hand of the White House in shaping rules that have, in the past, often been generated by civil servants and scientific experts. It suggests that the administration still has ways to exert its power after the takeover of Congress by the Democrats.

The President has steadily, though without fanfare, chipped away at the permanent bureaucracy which is the greatest extant threat to the Republic, since the courts have been tamed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2007 11:47 PM

I resemble that remark, having spent 35 years in the public sector trenches. But yer right.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 30, 2007 12:03 AM

President Hillary thanks you.

Posted by: Rick Perlstein at January 30, 2007 1:01 AM

Well I for one am tired of faceless non elected "civil servants" interpreting legislation or presidential directives with what appears to be no oversight or control BY elected officials. I do blame the elected officials who pass the buck, enabling their own innocent ignorance when departments go wild. As for potential harm if Hillary is selected, then the voters got what they asked for.

Posted by: Earl D. at January 30, 2007 10:03 AM

Rick is so cute. He thinks Hillary's liberal regulations will differ from the regulations issued by the liberals in the bureaucracy.

Posted by: Bob at January 30, 2007 10:19 AM

It's all a matter of whether Hillary learned from Bill and is serious about being Lady Thatcher. If she has and is then she'll break the unions too.

Posted by: oj at January 30, 2007 10:33 AM


Posted by: Bartman at January 30, 2007 3:44 PM