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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

President Trump drained his own swamp first

President Trump began assembling his transition team on August 1 in Washington. He put Governor Chris Christie in charge. All went well until Trump discovered upon his election what Christie had done.

The governor hired lobbyists.

Out came the whip of cords. Trump replaced Christie with Mike Pence, and Pence cleaned house.

From the Daily Mail:
The Trump transition team has lost nearly half its staff and volunteers in a matter of days since instituting a ban on registered lobbyists at the end of last week, the Daily Mail has learned.
‘All the lobbyists are gone,’ said one source familiar with the transition. ‘Lobbyists were the vast majority. Now, today you go in and you could count [them] maybe on one hand.’
The source estimated that the number of staffers and volunteers working on the transition plummeted from around 250 late last week to less than 125 on Tuesday. The sudden purge of lobbyists has allowed conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute to take a stronger role in the transition.
One lobbyist who was close to the transition team told the Daily Mail that ‘almost all of’ the lobbyists are gone from the team – although many are trying to influence as much as possible from the outside.
‘Everybody that’s still there has signed a letter saying they’ve deregistered and are okay with the five year ban,’ said the source. ‘It’s not like any transition I’ve ever seen before.’
It isn't.

The government is now run by a CEO, not a politician.

President Trump has no time for games. No lobbyists means no lobbyists.

And the cleaning of the house explains why the New York Times and other media outlets ran stories about supposed chaos on the transition team.

The rats were squealing.

Trump meanwhile is ahead of every recent president as he appointed by Thanksgiving his chief of staff, attorney general, strategist, CIA director, national security adviser, and today, his secretary of education and his U.N. ambassador.

Personnel matters. So do executive orders. So do agency regulations. President Trump is moving forward on all three fronts.

Without revolving-door lobbyists.


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  1. "The rats were squealing." A perfect description. "...although many are trying to influence as much as possible from the outside." I might have to dig out my shooting ear muffs. When the lobbyists realize that they can't influence the Trump administration with money or favors there is going to be a lot more squealing. And the water around the S.S. Trump is going to be crawling with said rats abandoning ship. - Elric

    1. Rats only voluntarily abandon a sinking ship. These varmints are gonna be made to walk the plank, you bet.

      Can I get a collective "Arrrrrrr, matey!" ?


  2. Now, you see, here's a good example of Our Don speaking to our better lights. How many would rather have gone to town with a "jawbone of an ass" rather than the subtlety of the whip of cords?

    At any rate, if I can sum up what I'd like to see in terms of Trumpist conservative social engineering (it's a poor sword that can't cut both ways, Leftists), it's "incentivization of prudence".

  3. I'm still in the wait and see column on all the great things that are going to happen to our country because we have finally found the "one" to fix all our issues. Skeptical jjs.

    1. Never forget that this victory was made possible not by a conservative revolution, but by an anti-establishment one.

  4. A huge fall-off in international donations to the Clinton Foundation would rather obviate the need for a special investigator, now wouldn't it?

    1. No. NO. Americans should get the truth, the WHOLE truth, on what she and Bill have done.

  5. This confirms what I've been thinking about. Trump's trademark is "you're fired". It was characterized for the show, but he has the toughness to do clean breaks. This clearing out of the lobbyists confirms it.

    Now, what I've been considering are all the cabinet appointees, up to and possibly including a virulent enemy (Romney). A daring plan, but not for a man who doesn't hesitate to fire when the person isn't performing or isn't a team player. And that means Trump will be able to manage a diverse group of egos. Some who believe they'll be able to go there own way may find themselves out on their ear sooner rather than later.

  6. This is what the country needs and someone with the willingness not to care what the media says.

    So far, I'm very impressed.

  7. This is all quite amazing, and amusing, to watch.

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