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   Can the President cut, or clear red tape to get anything done?

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   Here’s one factoid that you are aren’t likely to hear amid the endless name-calling everywhere else.

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But for that you’ll have to use the DOOR.

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   The following, in its entirety, comes from Philip Larkin. See note 1.

   …In 1991 Donald Trump was persuaded by a coalition of civic groups (including one I [Philip Larkin] am active in) to adopt a plan for developing a 72-acre abandoned rail yard he owned on Manhattan’s West Side. Arms locked together, this odd coalition of do-gooders and the Donald entered New York’s three-level zoning-approval process. In total, our group attended over 100 formal meetings, including 12 large public hearings, at which, I could (and did) testify, everyone said basically the same thing over and over. At the end of the process an intense 18 months later, the objectors sued. Their main grounds? After thousands of hours of meetings, they complained about the process–specifically, that one legal document had been provided 6 weeks later than certain others. They also said the environmental impact statement, almost 2000 pages long, was not complete. Our coalition won in court. But the project was held up another 18 months for the litigation.

   This was not the original point of our participatory democracy…

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   ¹ Philip K. Larkin, The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America (Random House, 1991; pp. 92-93). To attempt to make this more readable, we’ve changed certain written numbers to numerals and have added boldface and color.