Don Surber on What’s Happening

There is the news you don’t hear much about. Don Surber says Trump is plowing and salting the fields of a bureaucratic oligarchy.

When the Environmental Protection Agency thinks it has the authority to fine a chicken plucker in West Virginia because there are feathers in the ground that might wash off in the rain, then we no longer have environmental protection of navigable waters.

We have a monster.

Glenn Reynolds … “one reason why so many Reagan Revolution reforms foundered in the courts was insufficient attention to the niceties of administrative law. I’m glad to see that the Trump Administration is taking the right steps to avoid that error.”

The media and the Washington Establishment have dismissed President Trump as an outsider who does not understand government.

But as a builder who dealt with building codes, safety, and politicians for the last 45 years, he understands the whole concept of the hidden levers of government. Plus Newt Gingrich schooled him well.

Gingrich gave us the Congressional Review Act of 1996 to repeal bad regulations.

There’s big stuff going down and trying to ignore it is going to get ever more difficult for the Left’s Propaganda Machine.

On another front in the same war is Ed Morrissey: Unganged, or how the Senate learned to stop worrying and love the Reid Option. It’s Deep Change time all over government.

Perhaps one of the most remarkable aspects of the showdown in the Senate this week was the lack of any visibly organized compromise effort.

It was clear that this was obstructionism for obstruction’s sake, which is why McCain and others bitterly consented to the precedent change on Thursday. Had Democrats waited for a second opening to launch this attack — and a more provocative nominee — McCain and Collins would not have likely consented to the Reid Option. Regardless of whether or not a “gang” could get formed, Democrats badly blundered on strategy and practically forced McCain and others into the change.

If Senators really want to save the filibuster, then they need to end its abuse — and the only way to do that is to make filibusters costly, in both political and personal terms. As I wrote Wednesday at The Week, it’s time to end the two-track system that produced the cheap and easily abused filibuster

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 If the Senate can’t accomplish that much and fix the problems they’ve created for themselves, then their supposed distinctiveness isn’t worth preserving at all.

This goes back to the Amendment that changed the selection of Senators from a state function to a popular vote function. The Senate’s original flavor in governance has suffered from the original intent as the federalist idea has regressed in the onslaught of Democratic Idealism based on the individual voter rather than the collective voter balance.

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