If you think the government has no business telling business its business, this has been a pretty great year. If, on the other hand, you think government has a role to play in ensuring fair play by companies that have shown themselves to be guided almost exclusively by self-interest and a disregard for consumers and public welfare, this year has been nothing short of horrendous. And 2018 doesn’t look much better. The Trump administration has been single-mindedly focused on getting rid of rules and regulations that businesses say hindered competition, innovation and free markets. “The consumer protections that were put in place over the past two generations are being destroyed brick by brick under the Trump administration,” said Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League.
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