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The page has officially turned on President Obama's two terms of ever-expanding executive power. However, while the Obama administration has served as a steady foil for Bob's small-government libertarianism since the start of this show, now is no time to start going soft on the executive branch. Bob went on Craig Roberts' Life!Line show to comment on President Trump's inauguration speech. The show aired on KFAX (1100AM in the SF Bay), and begins with the full length of Trump's speech starting at 5pm, followed by commentary by Bob and two other local guests. What should we make of Trump's proposed "buy American, hire American" rules? Are these compatible with his promise to give power back to the people? Regardless of what happens in the next chapter, we look forward to bringing you the freshest libertarian ideas, from the smartest guests in radio, and continuing to stand up for individual freedom for the next four years.
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Libertarians constantly warn partisans of both sides to be wary of expanding executive power. With each changing of the guard, the ascendant party seems to suffer a collective amnesia in its push to grant the president ever greater authority to enact their preferred agenda. Republicans and Democrats alike neglect the fact that giving power to “Leviathan” works like a ratchet: it only moves in one direction. In the waning hours of President Obama’s lame duck term, his administration is rushing to pass hundreds of new regulations which will saddle the nation well beyond his formal exit from office. Sam Batkins, Director of regulatory policy at the American Action Forum, is putting a spotlight on the costs of this “midnight regulation.” His research shows how this is problem is getting worse with each out-going administration. Batkins joins Bob to review that latest round of administrative lawmaking, with the EPA leading General Obama’s “last stand” – battling to the end for efficiency standards for every imaginable machine and appliance. To paraphrase George Orwell, if you want to picture the future, imagine a fluorescent lamp stamping on a human face – forever.
Regulations at the End of the Obama Administration - Podcast, The Federalist Society, September 23, 2016
[Audio] “I’ve got a pen and a phone” - President Obama
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On this day in history... (January 8):
On this day in 1790, President George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address to the assembled Congress in New York City.
Every student of American government learns that the separation of powers is a key component of the checks and balances upholding our democracy. The fact that the president often meets fierce opposition from the legislature is supposed to be a feature – not a bug – of the system. It could even be argued that partisan gridlock, and Washington's inability to "get things done," are positively good things. But with a mounting national debt and innumerable other crises, partisan rancor and division seem to be hindering real reform from happening. Bob fears we will never return to the optimistic America of his youth, and that America may be in decline. His guest this Sunday offers a hopeful solution, borrowing from our friends from across the pond – Akhilesh (Akhi) Pillalamarri argues that Britain's parliamentary system could resolve some of the America's governmental dysfunction. Akhilesh is a journalist, editor, international relations analyst, and historian who writes for The Diplomat and The National Interest magazines. He argues that our presidential system, like others throughout history, has a tendency towards autocracy. Counterintuitively, this is because the president can claim to be doing "the will of the people" in a way that a prime minister elected by parliament cannot. Bob also presents his unique proposal for representative democracy, and takes your calls on the future of the republic.