Kresta in the Afternoon – November 30, 2018 – Hour 2

+  How to Reign In the Administrative State (2 segments)

  • Description: The Founding Fathers designed our government so that no branch would have too much power over the others. But over the years the Executive Branch has gained more and more control, gradually taking over the legislative role of Congress. Who is responsible for allowing this administrative state to happen, and how can we change it? We talk with Peter Wallison.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Peter Wallison
      Peter J. Wallison is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein in the Administrative State. He is also the author or coauthor of several other books, including Ronald Reagan: The Power of Conviction and the Success of His Presidency and Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World’s Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again.
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    • Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein In the Administrative State

      In this book, Peter J. Wallison argues that the administrative agencies of the executive branch have gradually taken over the legislative role of Congress, resulting in what many call the administrative state. The judiciary bears the major responsibility for this development because it has failed to carry out its primary constitutional responsibility: to enforce the constitutional separation of powers by ensuring that the elected branches of government—the legislative and the executive—remain independent and separate from one another. Since 1937, and especially with the Chevron deference adopted by the Supreme Court in 1984, the judiciary has abandoned this role. It has allowed Congress to delegate lawmaking authorities to the administrative agencies of the executive branch and given these agencies great latitude in interpreting their statutory authorities. Unelected officials of the administrative state have thus been enabled to make decisions for the American people that, in a democracy, should only be made by Congress. The consequences have been grave: unnecessary regulation has imposed major costs on the U.S. economy, the constitutional separation of powers has been compromised, and unabated agency rulemaking has created a significant threat that Americans will one day question the legitimacy of their own government. To address these concerns, Wallison argues that the courts must return to the role the Framers expected them to fulfill. (learn more)

+  Update on the Red Hat Report

  • Description: During our time at the Authentic Catholic Reform conference this fall we spoke with Jacob Imam, who had just launched Better Church Governance, a lay-driven group which is preparing a Red Hat Report on the Cardinals in the Church and is also helping investigate cases of abuse and corruption. He joins us with a look at the work they are doing.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Jacob Imam
      Jacob Imam is the Operations Director of Better Church Governance. Visit
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