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Rule overload vs. a rhetorical rabbit hole

Joe Mont | July 24, 2017

We would not, by any stretch, agree with those who argue there is no need for regulatory downsizing and to leave well enough alone.

Year after year, rules are added to the books. Many serve an important purpose and stand the test of time. Others either outlive their relevance or had very little reason to exist in the first place.

Discerning eyes should always be reviewing the output of regulatory agencies to ensure there is a balance and rules protect market integrity without punitive, growth-choking overreach.

It is troubling, however, that Congress (and some regulators) are attempting an act of misdirection worthy of Keyser Söze. With an inability to craft legislative achievements inside the Beltway, critics of the current regulatory regime are trying to substitute deconstruction for problem solving.

Only in this overly politicized climate could killing an agency with the words “consumer” and... To get the full story, subscribe now.