Regulatory policy has been one of the bright spots of the Trump Administration (along with tax policy).
But it’s not a perfect record.
So why am I criticizing the Trump Administration for regulatory harassment that was launched under Obama?
For the simple reason that some of Trump’s appointees have allowed the assault to continue, as former Congressman Bob Barr explained for the Daily Caller.
The Washington Post has some details on the dispute between Oracle and the federal government.
The key thing to understand is that the federal government is unable to find any victims of actual discrimination.
As the Wall street Journal opines, bureaucrats are relying on statistical differences.
I’ll close by citing Thomas Sowell’s column for Jewish World Review on how “disparate impact” is basically a scam.
Sowell isn’t just theorizing.
He wrote a thoroughly researched book on exactly this issue.
And there’s no evidence that Oracle even made decisions based on race to begin with.
So the bureaucrats at the Department of Labor are using bad methodology to harass and extort a company.
Left-leaning administrations have a track record of pushing bad policies on their way out of office, so I’m not surprised the Obama Administration launched the attack on Oracle. But I am surprised that the Trump Administration has allowed the legal assault against the company to continue.
P.S. While I normally don’t think the federal government should have any power to interfere with regards to market outcomes for hiring, pay, promotion, and association, it’s legitimate for Uncle Sam to put conditions on companies that bid on federal contracts. I just wish they would fight actual examples of bias, not mere statistical differences.