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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Obama’s Fitting Finish
In the list of low points in U.S. foreign policy, the betrayal of Israel ranks high.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Dangers Rise as America Retreats
Fifteen years after 9/11, the next president will face greater risks and a weaker military to combat them.
Published on The Weekly Standard (www.weeklystandard.com)
An Unenviable Job
The next president’s daunting to-do list.
Brian Hook and Neil Bradley
Vol. 21, No. 08
As we approach the third Republican presidential debate, conservatives should consider what they expect the next president to accomplish.
We certainly want the next president to repeal and replace Obamacare, undo the disastrous Iran nuclear agreement, and finally address the problem of illegal immigration. But after eight years of a president who promised to “transform” America, the “to-do” list is actually much larger.
The domestic and national security challenges that await the next president will require a candidate who can set to work the day after the election to assemble a talented team, establish clear priorities, and prepare a comprehensive plan of action.
Here are just a few of the issues that will need to be part of such a plan:
Since Obama took office, over three dozen agencies have issued over 2,500 regulations that impose excessive costs on families and businesses. Over the next 15 months, Obama’s bureaucrats will hurriedly push a flurry of additional regulations out the door.
The administration has notoriously turned to the “pen and phone” strategy. Federal agencies have issued countless directives and guidance memos, and have entered into legal consent decrees that have the effect of substantially altering federal policy. This imperial administration has even gone so far as to change policy, such as delaying parts of Obamacare, through blog posts and press releases. How many of these types of policy changes have been issued is unknowable, because there is no central database for nonregulatory actions. The next administration will need to review these regulations and policy documents and decide whether to rescind, modify, or replace them. This will require committed, competent executives and managers in every agency.
In addition to staffing the White House, the next president will need to fill about 3,000 policy-related positions (not counting ambassadors, U.S. attorneys, and marshals) across the vast federal government. Of these, about 800 will require Senate confirmation. The longer it takes to fill these positions, the longer the new administration will be delayed in reversing Obama’s policies.
March 3, 2015
VIDEOS – PART 1 AND PART 2