(National Sentinel) Downsizing: It was Bill Clinton who, back when the Democratic Party still retained a modicum of sanity, promised upon his election to his first term in 1992 that “the era of big government is over.”
It wasn’t, really, but by historical measures, Clinton and what became the Republican-controlled Congress did implement reforms that cut government expenditures at a time when the economy was exploding due to the dot-com expansion.
The combo resulted in the first federal government surpluses in the modern era.
But generally speaking, the federal bureaucracy has only grown since then.
It grew mightily under George W. Bush (the Department of Homeland Security being just one of his expansions). It grew even more under his successor, Barack Obama (when he took over one-sixth of the U.S. economy with Obamacare).
During his 2016 campaign, Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” and pare back the bloated, inefficient, costly, archaic federal bureaucracy.
It sounded good, and of course, his supporters wanted it to be true.
But would it be?
The answer can now be revealed: A resounding yes.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, POTUS Trump is taking the lead himself in reforming government in a way it hasn’t been reformed in decades:
President Trump is taking charge of his administration’s effort to reform the federal government and workforce, the biggest demonstration yet that Washington is under new management.
Aides describe the president as personally invested in the 32-point plan to shake the bureaucracy out of a 1950s model based on secretarial pools.
“So much of the ability to drive change requires a fresh perspective,” said Margaret Weichert, an author of the recently announced reform blueprint and deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.
“It’s frequently why I, as a management consultant, was brought into an organization to consult on issues like this because fresh eyes and people who don’t have a stake in the status quo very often can see things differently than the people who are of that organization or institution. And that was a major theme in the last election, that people were effectively hiring a businessman to try to change business as usual in Washington,” she said in an interview.
Here’s the blueprint:
Combining Education and Labor departments is aimed at boosting trained workers.
Of course, there will be a lot of opposition to this ambitious plan from the usual suspects: Federal bureaucrats; lawmakers; federal employee unions.
But the president is expected to approach this like he approached massive business projects and initiatives, the Washington Examiner notes, “setting the overall goals and then promoting them.”
“Very often good ideas literally die in committee because if you have a single proposal the people who are invested in the status quo start picking at it, and picking at it and picking at it and then what’s left isn’t even worth pursuing,” Weichert told the news site.
Trump and his administration aren’t going to let the process kill the project.
“We are serious about top-down change. It cannot all happen at once, it can’t certainly happen by fiat, but when you look at where we are at in 2018 two decades into the 21st century and you pair that with a bureaucratic infrastructure that was very well aligned to the needs of the post-World War II era, it’s so clear there’s a mismatch,” noted Weichert.
“If now isn’t the time to get traction on this, I don’t know when is. We have to get serious about making change happen.”
Legislation has already been introduced. It will “revamp the federal workforce, reform IT and add automation, and combine the Education and Labor departments so that schools can focus more on filling the nation’s skills gap like some European school systems do,” the Washington Examiner said.
POTUS Trump promises; POTUS Trump delivers.
When he pulls this off, how can he not go down as one of the greatest presidents in our history?
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