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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Trump may dump three Cabinet positions

The staff at Huffington Post think this story damages Trump.

Nope.

From Huffington Post:
 At a private meeting of conservatives in Cleveland this summer, Donald Trump’s senior economic adviser, Stephen Moore, said the candidate planned to pay for his costly proposals by eliminating the departments of Commerce, Energy and Education; lifting all restrictions on mining, drilling and fracking; ending Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs, and offering rust-belt factory workers new jobs on oil rigs and steel mills.
Speaking at the private summer meeting of the Council for National Policy (CNP), a secretive group of powerful conservatives, Moore, a senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, also described how Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions had “infiltrated” Trump’s campaign operation, and how Moore and other supply-side economists were working hard to get Trump to be more supportive of free trade.
Hmm. Getting rid of three Cabinet-level agencies is ambitious and necessary.

The other stuff is not scary either. Hydraulic fracking is safe. Trump was never against free trade, he just wants the other side to keep up its end of the deal.

The heart of the story is encouraging:
On top of Trump’s plans to maintain costly programs like Social Security, he’s also proposed a massive tax cut and pledged to balance the federal budget within seven years. Yet anyone who looks closely at Trump’s proposals comes away with the same question: How would a Trump administration pay for all this?
For starters, Moore said, major cabinet-level agencies should be eliminated. Walton asked him specifically about eliminating the departments of Commerce, Education and Energy. Together, these agencies employ an estimated 150,000 people, and they oversee things ranging from nuclear security to federal student loans to the U.S. patent system.
“I’m going to press as hard as possible to [eliminate the agencies],” Moore said. “We’re putting a budget together right now that is going to not only pay for the tax cut, but balance the budget in six or seven years. And to do that, you’ve got to make very significant cuts in those kinds of programs.
“I mean, my God, why do we need an Energy Department?” Moore asked, semi-exasperated. “All the Energy Department has done in the last 25 years is make energy prices more expensive!”
None of this is set in stone, but we have too much government. Pare, pare, pare

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20 comments:

  1. I've always said that we'd know things had a chance to improve when we saw bureaucrats eating their pets to survive. Here's hoping.

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  2. More power to him if he gets rid of Commerce, Energy and Education, the latter two dumped on us by Jimmy Carter.

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  3. (Sulks). I don't care. He's not a true blue small government movement conservative, so I'm going to remain "Never Trump" till the day that I die at Hillary's hands.

    Mark S.

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    1. Trump is first a deranged, at best narcissistic, at worst solipsistic, personality whose pathological lying is just as bad as Hillary's "congenital" lying. So it really doesn't matter what he says about anything except his self-love references. His constant references to being the best at whatever should be a hint, people.

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    3. Shoulda done the first one as well.

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    4. Barfly! Long time no see! Painful menses getting you down?

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    5. Nah, he's getting roughed up over t Ann Althouse's blog. He comes here to lick his wounds when they are done with him. We're not as hard on him as are the commenters over there, so he thinks of this place as his safe space. When his bruised feelings have healed, he'll go back over there for another masochistic verbal beating, which they will gladly oblige.

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    6. I met a lot of DC bureaucrats during my 28 years in Washington. I would say roughly 75 percent of them couldn't find their asses with both hands. Another 20 percent actually found something that felt like their ass, but they had to clear it through several higher levels before being able to declare it WAS actually their ass. 150,000 jobs cut? Good, DJT. It's just a beginning...

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  4. At the risk of being guilty of the sin of homophonia, it sounds like one of those old "Carry On" movies.

    "Oh, what a lovely pare!"

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    1. Saw a bunch of them last year on TCM.

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  5. You can't cut the size of government unless and until you cut the size of government.

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  6. Good heavens! Almost every day Trump says something that makes me more enthusiastic about him. Energy, Commerce and Education! Fantastic! Stopping the AGW insanity, too.

    All he needs to do to satisfy me is to fulfill his oft repeated promises about the wall and enforcing current immigration law.

    But the rest of this makes it even sweeter.

    Early voting can't start soon enough.

    Steve in Greensboro

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  7. Trump is making sense, sad to say, which is why the trolls hate him. I'd like to see him dump HHS, HUD, Transportation - all LBJ sops to big city machines - Labor, Agriculture DHS, and make Defense the War (with UAVs, we won't need a separate Air Force much longer) and Navy Departments.

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  8. Don't forget the EPA, Nixon's gift to us.

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  9. The first step is to end the mission creep of these agencies and get them back to doing only what their legislative mandate permits. As for Energy, before it can be eliminated, it should be used to help bring back coal with an effort to modernize the industry and make it more environmentally friendly. Ditto for the nuclear industry. The Energy Dept. should be out in front to encourage the building of nuclear power plants, which has to be part of the overall energy infrastructure of the nation. Solar, hydro, and wind are going to remain boutique power sources for several decades if not longer. They are a part of the energy picture, but as long as their technology remains primitive and inefficient they will not evolve into the kind of inexpensive power sources the economy needs in order to thrive. Without government subsidies, the solar industry would collapse almost immediately. If that industry can be propped up artificially, why not the same for coal or nuclear?

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    1. Can you imagine the re-training that would be necessary to turn federal agencies into industry/taxpayer friendly outfits? It can't be done.

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  10. I guess we'll just have to put them out of their misery, Mk.

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  11. Good comments from Iapetus on the DOE. It is a mainly useless, dreamy agency that produces a lot of report and spreadsheets and data sets, and with a massive budget I might add. They should be embracing the coal industry and doing just as Iapetus says, and also working to make nuclear power safer. Hydraulic fracturing was developed without the DOE and it is responsible for our energy independence, not useless DOE bureaucrats. Get rid of it. Same for Education. Move the Weather Service into Interior, then shutter Commerce, it is another joke of an agency. Do the same with Labor. HUD could be closed down and the only effect would be to reduce our tax burden. How about NSF, do they do anything useful? Rhetorical question, they are obsessed with imaginary 'climate change' and they just throw our tax $$ at that with no results or accountability. All these things will save us a boatload of tax $$ and energize the economy.

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  12. Perhaps I am wrong on what the Constitution says, but I am under the impression only Congress can abolish federal agencies. If, as is all too possible, the GOP loses the Senate, realistically, Trump has about as much chance of abolishing agencies as I do of being crowned King of England.

    Saying is NOT the same as doing.

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