Trump, The FTC and Unleashing The U.S. Economy

After a stunning win in a change election, President Trump is off to a fast start implementing major change. The President and his administration are moving aggressively to implement pro-growth policies that will boost our economy after years of a sluggish recovery.

An essential part of unleashing the economy is putting in place the right people in the agencies across this government who are prepared to enact real change that roll back harmful regulation and limit the size and scope of government. At a number of important agencies, the President has started to do just that. Many have rightly cheered the appointment of Ajit Pai as the permanent chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) who is moving to rein in harmful regulations from the previous administration and to pursue common sense reform.

Another important agency where the President has an opportunity to bring significant change is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which has jurisdiction over antitrust, Intellectual Property, privacy and protection of consumers from deceptive trade practices. He took a step in the right direction by naming current Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen as the acting chair, but it is time to cement her leadership by naming as the permanent chair – which many leading conservatives have advocated.

At the FTC, Ohlhausen has been a strong voice of reason and, often, a voice of dissent from the over regulatory policies of the previous commission. She is committed to free markets and economic liberty and very importantly has talked about the importance of “regulatory humility.”

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Ohlhausen was right on target when she recently told a gathering at the Heritage Foundation that: “Although well intentioned, the majority Commission under President Obama at times pursued an antitrust agenda that disregarded sound…