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Cass R. Sunstein

5 Smart Ways to Cut Red Tape

Fixes that both parties should be able to live with.
The regulatory pile only grows.

The regulatory pile only grows.

Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

In last week’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama appeared to get his biggest bipartisan applause for this line: “I think there are outdated regulations that need to be changed. There is red tape that needs to be cut.”

Republican presidential candidates have spoken in the same terms, though more emphatically. One of their most urgent priorities is to reduce the stock of existing regulations, and slow the flow of new ones as well.