Obama knew his legacy could be quickly unraveled by Trump once he took office so he spent the last two months of his presidency creating mountains of red tape. Not that it’ll matter much now.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Obama jammed 1 year’s worth of regulations in last 2 months
Former President Obama made good on his effort to tie President Trump’s hands with new regulations, adding $157 billion in new rules from Election Day to Inauguration Day alone.
A new report from American Action Forum, which charts regulations, said that the administration published a full year’s worth of new rules in just two months.
“Throughout 2016, the administration averaged roughly 45 rules per month, including final and proposed measures. Then in November 2016, the administration managed to produce 57 rulemakings, an increase, but not statistically significant. By December, however, the administration approved more regulations (99) in that month than for any December since 1993. In other words, the Obama Administration more than doubled regulatory output in the month after the election,” said Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the American Action Forum.
All this really means is that it may take Trump a little longer than expected to undo some of the damage of the Obama years. It will get done though. Count on it.