A Gop Jihad Against Red Tape

In early November, the Clinton Administration's regulatory juggernaut--from trustbusters to drinking-water overseers--was running full tilt. But the Republicans' stunning election victory may soon produce something far different: a GOP jihad against federal red tape. The House Republicans' Contract With America calls for prompt passage of a measure to bar rules whose benefits don't exceed their costs--even in fields such as food additives and worker health where net cost is far from the sole consideration. Given those priorities, Ford Motor Co. Chairman Alexander J. Trotman says he's hoping for "much less command and control from Washington."

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