President Obama this week issued an executive order that would, in his words, “[make] it our mission to root out regulations that conflict, that are not worth the cost, or that are just plain dumb.” He observed that “regulations do have costs” and that “we have to make tough decisions about whether those costs are necessary.” As we have now for months been engaged in the regulatory rulemaking process, we have a keen appreciation for this Presidential initiative. At the same time, however, we note that the President’s executive order has no force or effect on independent agencies such as the CFTC, SEC and Federal Reserve, who are hard at work writing hundreds of pages of rules delegated to them by Congress as part of financial legislation. Despite the limited reach of the order, we appreciate its sentiments and are…

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