Political theater – with consequences
Suspending regulations? A review of irrational red tape? Boards of experts being replaced by political appointees ("A groundwater legacy on the rocks," HCN, 10/14/13)? The Republican governor of Indiana used the exact same rhetoric as New Mexico's governor, and called for the review of environmental regulations by folks with little expertise. These sorts of moves are purely political, with governors looking to score some points with supporters and maybe priming themselves for a run for higher office. Long-term viewpoints come second to short-term political maneuvering.