Friday, April 26, 2013

Howard Shelanski to Become Obama's New Regulatory Czar

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Howard Shelanski (Georgetown Law and currently FTC) has been nominated to become Obama's regulatory czar. Howard is brilliant - a serious scholar with important policy experience at both the FCC and FTC. I could not think of a more qualified pick.  Howard understands competition and hopefully will move regulation in a direction to benefit consumers.

Of course, discussions of czars remind me of this lovely scene from Fidler on the Roof:

Young Jewish Man: Rabbi, may I ask you a question?
Rabbi: Certainly, my son.
Young Jewish Man: Is there a proper blessing for the Tsar?
Rabbi: A blessing for the Tsar? Of course! May God bless and keep the Tsar... far away from us!

It will remain to be seen if Czar Howard will get such blessings from business, activist progressives, rent seeking government officials or all of the above. My  hope is that Howard is able to accomplish something akin to Australia’s National Competition Policy (NCP), which in my mind went further than any other regulatory review in the world in creating a more effective regulatory scheme to improve Australia's country competitiveness.

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