Promises Made, Promises Kept. President Trump Signs Executive Orders Protecting the Little Guy

Elder Patriot -Promises made, promises kept.  Donald Trump made promises on the campaign trail.  As president, Donald Trump has been making good on those promises. 


“Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt establishment with a new government, controlled by you the American people.

“The Washington establishment and the financial and media corporations that fund it exists for only one reason, to protect and enrich itself.

Yesterday, President Trump signed two executive orders cutting regulations that were crushing small businessmen.

The new orders, Executive Order on Promoting the Rule of Law Through Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement and Adjudication and Executive Order on Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents can be viewed Here and Here.

In making the announcement, President Trump introduced Montanan Andy Johnson who applied for a permit to stock a pond on his property: 

-JOHNSON: Well, thank you for having me, today, and my wife Morgan and my son, Roaman. I work as welder in Wyoming, and about five years ago, when I applied for a stock pond permit for my private property, I had no idea that the EPA would come knocking at my door and threaten me and my family — civilly, criminally, and a fine of $37,500 per day. The fines were up to $16 million when Pacific Legal Foundation stepped in and sued the EPA on my behalf, and my family.

And, at that point, the EPA changed their attitude; we were able to come to an agreement. We won our case, but unlike a lot of other middle class Americans, that’s not the case. They — we could have never fought. The litigation was way, way too expensive. So I’d just like to thank the President today for signing this executive order, which will hold the EPA and other government agencies more responsible for their actions. Thank you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: So they had you up to $16 million. But that’s peanuts for you, right? (Laughter.) That’s great. Glad it worked out and it’s working out even better.

We’re also joined by Richard Schok, who was prevented from expanding his business because of the obscure regulatory guidance on a rule from the 1980s — an old rule. And, Richard, please come up and talk about it. Thank you. Thank you, Richard. Please.

SCHOK: Thank you.

Mr. President, I’d like to thank you for the invitation to speak and bring much-needed attention to the reform to the rulemaking process used by the regulatory agencies.

I operate a family-owned business in Fairbanks, Alaska. We purchased some land for our business about 20 years ago so we could move operations out of town to the new facility and expand our facilities. We’ve spent the better part of 10 years and over $300,000 fighting with the regulatory agencies over the arbitrary and capricious nature of the Army Corps of Engineers wetland designation and their use of the Alaska supplement versus the 1987 congressionally-mandated Wetlands Manual.

This is effort is also — this effort does not include the time and energy put forth by the Pacific Legal Foundation on our behalf. I’d like to thank those folks as well.

The last straw for us is when we lost our appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court when they held that the agencies can make the regulations they want and require without congressional approval or oversight.

I’m hopeful that the changes made today — with this executive order, other land owners will not be negatively impacted as we have. Thank you again for this opportunity.

These are real people who were trying to improve their lives but were blocked by regulatory agencies with no good reason… except…

“The Washington establishment and the financial and media corporations that fund it exists for only one reason, to protect and enrich itself.

Imagine what Trump could accomplish for us if the bought and paid for House and Senate helped us and not themselves.