Which came 1st? Chicken or the reg?

You knew government can, in fact, be a little unusual at times.

How can this be put politely? Duplicative? Odd? Strange?

Just plain stupid?

on comments from Office of Management & Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

He’s trying to reorganize the government, and says this job hasn’t been addressed like this in probably 100 years.

“I call this the ‘drain the swamp’ cabinet meeting,” Mulvaney said.

He said, for example, the regulations simply are a maze.

“If you have a cheese pizza, it’s governed by the Food & Drug Administration. If you put a pepperoni on it, it’s governed by the [Department of Agriculture],” he said.

“If you have a [live] chicken, it’s governed by the USDA. If that chicken lays an egg, it’s governed by the FDA, but if you break the egg and make an omelet that’s again governed by the USDA.”

Hot dogs? They’re regulated, simultaneously by two agencies.

“Mulvaney said that a salmon in the ocean is governed by the Department of Commerce, but that when the salmon is swimming upstream into freshwater where it breeds, it is governed by Ryan Zinke and the Department of the Interior,” Fox reported.

“On its way to the breeding grounds, it encounters a fish ladder – a device used to help fish navigate waterfalls and other impediments – that is governed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

Mulvaney describe his examples just a small portion of the labyrinth business owners face.