And history teaches us that when we don’t know how to solve a problem, the best thing to do is to experiment. We should test different ideas through a cooperative, bottom-up, trial-and-error process rather than imposing top-down, partisan power-plays that disrupt the lives of hundreds of millions of people at a time. — Senator Mike Lee
Trump doesn’t make the legislation, but he wants it made according to his preferences, as do all presidents. Presidents are always sending budgets to Congress and always telling the representatives what to legislate and what not to legislate. They’re always making speeches with long lists of laws they want. Congress generally follows. Trump is no different than the rest. The Executive leads the Legislature. That’s the American system.
Trump’s election year statements about health care legislation more or less reveal that he wanted Ryancare. He wanted only to fiddle around the edges of Obamacare. In this respect, he’s mainstream Democrat/Republican, i.e., he believes in big government and he believes that many aspects of healthcare should be handled by federal controls, regulations and mandates. This is one reason he’s so upset with the group of 30-36 or so Republicans who are more conservative on this issue.
They just don’t get it. We want bills we can read, bills they read and we don’t want the federal government involved with our healthcare. Pushing to push a bill without reading or debating it is absolute despotism.
Then he [Donald Trump] ordered a truly revolutionary act, the likes of which I have never seen in the 45 years I have studied and monitored the government’s laws and its administration of them. He ordered that when bureaucrats who are administering and enforcing the law have discretion with respect to the time, place, manner and severity of its enforcement, they should exercise that discretion in favor of individuals and against the government.
This is radical coming from any president in the modern era of government-can-do-no-wrong. It is far more Thomas Jefferson, the small-government champion with whom Trump has never been associated, than it is Theodore Roosevelt, the super-regulator whom Trump has stated he admires. It recognizes the primacy and dignity of the individual and the fallibility of the state. It acknowledges the likely demise of ObamaCare. It is utterly without precedent since Jefferson’s presidency.
Trump’s revolutionary act is a breeze of freedom on a sea of regulation. It recognizes something modern governments never admit — that they can be and have been wrong. It is exactly as Trump promised.
by Robert John Stevens, October 12, 2016
Mankind will make this mistake again in the future but this is proof that whenever government gets involved in the free market, and uses the force of government to bless a provider of goods or services, corruption is protected, costs soar and the people suffer.