Long included in President Barack Obama's plan to lessen the cost of government regulations is a proposal by the U.S. Transportation Department that could save businesses and thus, consumers, about $1 billion over 20 years.
It is - sit down for this - to enforce certain railroad safety rules "only where they are actually needed."
The White House and others, including Republicans, have never said why the Transportation Department has been enforcing rules that are not "actually needed." We suspect that is a question bureaucrats in virtually every federal agency would have trouble addressing.
We suppose, in the context of government, trashing rules that never had a purpose - other than to provide employment in Washington - is progress. It will come as small comfort to Americans who now must wonder how much of our money has been thrown away needlessly.
Here's an idea: Why not eliminate some entire agencies unless "they are actually needed"?