In the birthplace of our nation, historical reminders of the Constitution surround modern day Philadelphians, to the point where the landmarks fade into the background. The irony of the genius of the Constitution lies in its success: most citizens remain blissfully unaware of the details that keep their government in check to guarantee their freedoms.
The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Federalist Society joined together to produce a series of essays to invite citizens to dig a little deeper into understanding the formation of the their government. This essay, the third in the series, by Professor John Yoo and Saikrishna Prakash, invites you to consider the awesome power of the presidency along with the inherent limitations that protect us from the whim and caprice of an individual. [Read More]
In a follow-on Washington Times op-ed, “Real Progress on Regulatory Reform,” published on August 16, I contend that, whatever else one may think about any of President Trump’s or Congress’s actions or inactions, there has been meaningful progress on the regulatory reform front. In other words, there have been significant steps taken by both the executive and legislative branches to counter the growing power of the administrative state.
Presidents since Franklin D. Roosevelt have set 100 days as a target for making early progress on their campaign promises and Donald Trump is no exception. While he hasn’t achieved some of the ambitious goals he set for himself in his “Contract with the American Voter,” there is at least one area where he has done much of what he committed to do, and that is regulation. Since he was inaugurated, President Trump has overturned more than a dozen regulations, rescinded numerous executive actions and established a system of regulatory oversight that, for the first time, incentivizes agencies to evaluate the accumulated stock of regulation before issuing new rules.