NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump's White House cabinet signals a seismic shift away from government regulation. Many of Trump's nominees are vocal critics of regulations passed during President Obama's term.
Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, selected by Trump to lead the Department of Labor, is an outspoken opponent of the worker-protection policies enacted by Obama.
Trump's choice for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has taken a lead role in challenging many of president Obama's environmental regulations. The President-elect even said he'll improve the EPA's mission in the process. Other cabinet nominees are also opponents of Obama-era regulations.
Trump nominated Georgia congressman Tom Price, a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is Trump's choice for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Carson has called federal housing regulations "mandated social engineering schemes."
Many business leaders say less regulation is good for their bottom line. With a president elect known for building high-rises and golf courses, let's hope this *is* the foundation of a booming economy.