Posted by Tina
Office of Management & Budget Director Mick Mulvaney gave a presentation to the President and his cabinet to explain the complex workings of the federal bureaucracy…it stunned even the press who were allowed to remain in the room for the presentation.
“I call this the ‘drain the swamp’ cabinet meeting,” Mulvaney said, adding that it has been about 100 years since the federal government was reorganized at this scale.
He criticized the “Byzantine nature” by which the government regulates, creating headaches for business owners, employees and taxpayers.
“If you have a cheese pizza, it’s governed by the Food & Drug Administration. If you put a pepperoni on it, it’s governed by the [Department of Agriculture],” he said.
“If you have a [live] chicken, it’s governed by the USDA. If that chicken lays an egg, it’s governed by the FDA, but if you break the egg and make an omelette, that’s again governed by the USDA.”
He said that a hot dog is regulated simultaneously by two government agencies and said that one of the most intricate and “bizarre” cases of regulations involves saltwater fish.
Mulvaney said that a salmon in the ocean is governed by the Department of Commerce, but that when the salmon is swimming upstream into freshwater where it breeds, it is governed by Ryan Zinke and the Department of the Interior.
On its way to the breeding grounds, it encounters a fish ladder — a device used to help fish navigate waterfalls and other impediments — that is governed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. …
… Mulvaney said the examples he gave were just a few of the impediments faced by small businesses trying to operate in compliance with the government.
I imagine it affects state and local governments too as they attempt to comply with federal regulations.
You can watch the full presentation on video at the link above. The ultimate goal for Mulvaney’s extensive investigation is reorganization and streamlining of the federal government. It should lead to budget savings, more accountability, improvement in communications inter-departmentally and with the public, and clarification of rules and regulations that affect businesses and organizations.
We can and will do better…MAGA