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Monday, January 30, 2017

Trump the bureaucracy

Donald Trump took an axe
He gave D.C. forty whacks.
When he saw what he had done
He gave another forty-one.
Donald Trump smiled away
Then he chopped off EPA.

From the National Review on July 29, 2015:
Wanted: Small-Government Republicans
For anyone hoping that the next president will get serious about reducing the size and cost of government, the early days of the campaign have been disappointing, to say the least. The Democrats, of course, have been campaigning as if Greece were a model rather than a warning. But what else can one expect from a party that has moved to the left of Barack Obama? 
The real disappointment has come from Republicans who seem intent on returning to the big-spending ways of the George W. Bush administration. 
Start with the candidate of the moment, Donald Trump. Trump has made it clear that government spending in his administration would be, as The Donald would say, “yuuuge!” Trump’s answer to just about any problem facing the country is for the federal government to spend more money, which would be just fine because he would be the one spending it, and he knows how to do it right. For example, in the wake of the McCain “war hero” dustup, 
Trump penned an op-ed for USA Today promising to fix the problems with the VA hospitals. His solution: “I will build the finest and most modern veterans’ hospitals in the world.” Where would the money come from to build more hospitals? Trump doesn’t say.
Yes, those darned veterans. Who do they think they are, wanting to have the federal government actually deliver on promises made. Why fulfilling promises made in 1944 will eat us out of house and home.

From reality today:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will seek to dramatically pare back federal regulations by requiring agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced.
"This will be the biggest such act that our country has ever seen. There will be regulation, there will be control, but it will be normalized control," Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office, surrounded by a group of small business owners.
Trump's latest executive action will prepare a process for the White House to set an annual cap on the cost of new regulations, a senior official told reporters ahead of the signing.
Yep, there he goes expanding government again with new regulations.

Campaigning for president, Trump promised to remove two regulations for every one added.

Now he has ordered the bureaucracy to keep that promise.

Actions speak louder than words.

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15 comments:

  1. So many agencies, so little time. Where will President Trump strike next? The Department of Education? National Public Radio? Department of the Interior? Department of Energy? It just keeps getting better. We should start a betting pool on this and the folks who work for the federal government had better start updating their resumes. - Elric

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    1. Elric, I'll see your DOE and raise you a GAO.

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    2. Public TV and radio should go too. Public TV was formed for public education in 1970 during the days of 3 networks. That need is gone now that there is competition beyond imagination. I say this too; my wife has a friend who only watches PBS and when they go to lunch my wife finds out the friend doesn't know effectively anything concerning politics and current events. It helps her friend maintain her progressive viewpoints; no conflicting ideas.

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    3. Public TV and radio should go too. Public TV was formed for public education in 1970 during the days of 3 networks. That need is gone now that there is competition beyond imagination. I say this too; my wife has a friend who only watches PBS and when they go to lunch my wife finds out the friend doesn't know effectively anything concerning politics and current events. It helps her friend maintain her progressive viewpoints; no conflicting ideas.

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  2. Washington DC. There is no bigger cesspool of graft and corruption in the entire world. Not even Moscow. It's a disgusting city, mostly filled by disgusting people. They can all go to hell.

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  3. deplorabledaveinsocalJanuary 30, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    I am beginning to wonder - did President Trump intend to meet all his campaign promises in his first hundred days? If so, he can make a compelling case government can become part time again for elected officials...

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    1. James Polk did and won the Mexican War, to boot.

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  4. "He gave D.C. forty whacks"

    You realize of course, Don, that you're now going to be cited as a source for the MSM's latest story on Trump?

    "Trump Puts Out Contracts On Over Three Dozen Prominent DC Progressives. Donatello Surberito admits, "Da bums had it comin'!"

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  5. Steve in GreensboroJanuary 30, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Love the poetry, Don! It reminded me of a great limerick originally dedicated to the late, unlamented Helen Thomas.

    Hickory, dickory, dock.
    Rachel Maddow's as dumb as a rock.
    If I had my way
    she'd have died yesterday
    from a painful yeast infection.

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  6. Great poem.
    You forgot to mention that the agencies can't put a new rule in place replacing the rules that have been cut. Now that really puts constraints on the agencies.

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  7. Love the poem.

    Miss Lindsay and McPain will not like this. Their gravy train will hopefully be leaving the station soon.

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  8. I'm wondering if the National review is happy about Trump reducing the size of government, as they wished for in 2015. I mean, considering they were #NeverTrumpers.

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    1. NRO will attack the business efforts as hard or harder than their #nevertrump campaign. All #nevertrumpers and Wall Street squids are on USCoC life support, pro immigration and anti buy/hire America first.

      Expect to see Rove come out first with the white board. Followed by the usual suspects in the House and Senate.

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