American Elephants

The Feel Good Story of the Week by The Elephant's Child

Obama never understood economics. He was sure that adding more government jobs helped the economy because more people were working. He added over 105 new federal regulations+ 46 billion in costs, and it took all those new government jobs to enforce and administer the regulations.

So the feel good story of the week is simply not anything he would understand. Steven Hayward was going to suggest that the best news was that the ratings for CNN have fallen more than 20 percent over the past year, and have continued to fall over the summer so it now ranks behind the Discovery Channel and HGTV. But here’s the real good news:

EPA lost more than 1,500 workers in first 18 months of Trump administration: report

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportedly lost 8 percent of its staff in the first 18 months of President Trump‘s administration due to high numbers of departing staffers and a low number of new hires.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that nearly 1,600 workers left the EPA during that time, while fewer than 400 were hired. The agency’s employment has shrunk to its lowest levels since the Reagan administration, the Post noted.

Overall U.S. nonfarm payroll employment went up by 201,000 in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, government employment fell by 3,000, to 22.3 million. That’s governments across the country, not just the federal government.

The regulations imposed by the Obama administration meant often huge costs to the industries upon which they were imposed. Just the simple requirement that fast food restaurants list the calories of the ingredients in their offerings has meant redoing the big signs behind the counter or changing their methods so that people order from paper menus. And think of all the ingredients in the selection of pizzas at your friendly neighborhood pizza parlor. Regulations cost a business a lot, and many sound helpful, but in the real world are not. Anyone ordering a hamburger and fries is there because they want a hamburger and fries. They know it’s a lot of calories, but they don’t care—that’s why they are there.

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