THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Trying to Regulate the Regulators

"Regulations should be as simple and clear as possible. They should achieve legislative goals effectively and efficiently. They should not impose unnecessary burdens on the economy, on individuals, on public or private organizations, or on state and local governments."

That unusually straightforward passage of governmental prose, printed in the Federal Register a few days ago, is a declaration of intent by Jimmy Carter. It is the preamble to a presidential order he hopes to issue before the end of the year. For those who dwell in the world of red tape, which is most of America, the words shone like diamonds...

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