(NationalSentinel) Bureaucracy: One of President Donald J. Trump’s principle pledges in reforming the federal government was to slash and burn much of the inane bureaucracy that serves to empower Washington while hamstringing business and industry, while stealing freedom and liberty from states and the people.
As noted by the Washington Post, Trump is appointing son-in-law and close advisor Jared Kushner to head up a new White House office whose purpose will be to completely remake the federal government into a model of business-like efficiency, in what is being described as a “SWAT team” type of approach:
President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.
The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump. Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants, the office will be staffed by former business executives and is designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington, float above the daily political grind and create a lasting legacy for a president still searching for signature achievements.
“All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays,” Trump said in a statement to The Washington Post. “I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my ‘ahead of schedule, under budget’ mentality to the government.”
Okay, the Post’s snide remark aside about “signature accomplishments” was a swipe at the president’s and the GOP’s failure to quickly overturn Obamacare, but truth be told, the man has still been in office for fewer than 100 days. So there’s that.
But imagine for a moment, if you will, a “deconstruction of the administrative state,” which is how close advisor Steve Bannon has previously described the president’s overarching goal when it comes to taking on the federal bureaucracy: Projects that really are completed on time, without major cost overruns (which we taxpayers pick up, by the way).
Imagine as a new business owner the dramatic paring back of regulations that had previously made your endeavor economically unfeasible (think jobs!).
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Imagine an industry – any industry – being relieved of major compliance costs (last estimated to be in the trillions of dollars every year)…again, think jobs!
And so on.
The dramatic growth of the federal bureaucracy over the past several decades has indeed created a fourth branch of government – Bannon’s “Administrative State” – that is a power unto itself. It is staffed with faceless, unelected bureaucrats and functionaries of government who are controlled by one branch, the Executive Branch, giving presidents far greater authority than our founders ever envisioned.
And Trump is the one who wants to dismantle it, proving again why he was the right choice for Americans and America at the right time. You just know that neither Hillary Clinton nor any other GOP candidate who had a shot at winning would have done this.
We’ll see how it turns out, but it’s a grand step in the right direction.