After another moderate Republican House Member, U.S. Rep. Dave Trott (R-Michigan), decided not to run for reelection in 2018, a GOP consultant commented, "Trump is not a limited government conservative." Looking at the evidence this could not be further from the truth. You may have a problem with the delivery method, but you cannot deny that President Donald Trump has instituted far more limited government reforms than the previous four presidents. Don't let perfect be the enemy of great.
Recently, the Competitive Enterprise Institute issued a report comparing the number of rules issued by President Obama between Jan. 20 through June 7, 2016, and the same time period for President Trump in 2017. Trump issued 7 percent fewer rules and regulations, with many of the president's rules rolling back Obama era regulations.
Most important is the difference in the number of "significant" rules. These are rules that have an economic impact of $100 million or more. President Trump has issued 44 percent fewer significant rules than Obama, and once again, many of Trump's rules are rollbacks of Obama era rules.
It gets even better, the American Action Forum estimates President Trump's rollback of regulations have saved the taxpayers and private businesses over $86 billion in his first three months in office. Reducing regulatory costs by tens of billions of dollars in only a few months hardly sounds like the work of an anti-limited government president.
Not since President Ronald Reagan has any president taken such an aggressive approach to deregulation, and been so committed to private sector growth in the economy.
The size of government has always been a thorn in the side of conservative and libertarian groups. The government never seems to shrink. Agencies get added and additional employees are hired regardless of who is power. President Trump is changing that.
Already the federal workforce has shrunk by an astounding 11,000 workers since President Trump's inauguration. By this time in Obama's first term, the federal government added 60,000 new workers. The president's budget proposal indicated he would like further cuts to the federal workforce by 200,000 employees.
Many former presidents have promised to reduce the size of government, but few have delivered. For once, a president is reducing the size of the federal government and he is being labeled anti-limited government for his efforts.
President Trump announced to the world that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on June 1, earlier this year. The Paris Agreement had nothing to do with climate change and was nothing more than a U.N. scheme to redistribute U.S. wealth to more "needy" nations.
Trump understood two things about the agreement. Number one, it was meant to hurt the U.S. economy, and number two, President Obama implemented the agreement without sending it to the Senate, as all treaties are supposed to. President Trump once again showed his fidelity to the Constitution, limited government, and the American worker.
Another globalist agenda item ended by President Trump was the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). It was pitched as a trade deal between nations around the Pacific Ocean, but don't be fooled. TPP was a massive extra governmental bureaucracy designed to circumvent U.S. sovereignty. President Trump believed the deal would hurt American workers and damage U.S. competitiveness, hardly the actions of an anti-limited government president.
Whenever anyone mentions the words "limited government" the Constitution comes to mind. President Trump's recent decision on DACA proved his loyalty to the Constitution. President Obama had issued the unconstitutional edict without going through Congress, as Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the Constitution states. Despite enormous pressure from both sides of the aisle, the president put the issue where it belongs - in Congress.
Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning recently stated, "Trump's hands-off legislative approach where he sets broad goals while expecting Congress to do its job without micromanagement is a recognition of Congress' Article I responsibilities under the Constitution. For those who are still stuck in year-old campaign rhetoric, it's time for them to update their hard drives, because Donald Trump is proving to be the most surprising limited government president in America's history."
This is only scratching the surface of the limited government agenda being pursued by the president. As we speak, Trump is making a big push to get tax reform through Congress. The president has signed legislation and initiated reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs that no one thought possible, and the list goes on and on.
It is time to get over petty jealousy because you or your candidate didn't win and admit the once in a generation limited government opportunity the President is presenting us with.
Printus LeBlanc is a contributing editor for Americans for Limited Government.