Oh, you mean THOSE dumb regulations.... 

President Obama's deregulatory push has received a lot of attention. His original piece in The Wall Street Journal stated:

[W]e are...making it our mission to root out regulations that conflict, that are not worth the cost, or that are just plain dumb.

So after hearing about the EPA rules to treat milk spills as if they are oil spills, I asked a White House spokeswoman whether this would be a candidate for reconsideration. Here is the answer I received:

The purpose of the “look-back” provision in the President’s Executive Order is to make sure that regulations are effective and up-to-date, reflecting the principles outlined by the President. Any regulations promulgated within the past two years have been crafted with these principles in mind. So it would stand to reason that they are up to date.

In other words, the Obama administration only wants to elminiate out-of-date regulations that are "just plain dumb," not the "just plain dumb" regulations it is currently issuing.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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