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Friday, March 17, 2017

Shuttering 80 agencies

Mona Charen pronounced Reaganism dead in National Review on April 29, 2016:
“This is the end of Reaganism,” former Senator Tom Coburn, a conservative hero, told me. The three-legged stool of strong defense, small government, and conservatism on social issues has been smashed.
President Trump not only brought it back to life, but bigger and better than ever. His budget proposal builds the military and eliminates 80 unnecessary, ineffective, and intrusive federal programs.

Earlier today, I explained why the Appalachian Regional Commission must go, because as a West Virginian, I know what a boondogggle this is.

Bloomberg listed 19 independent agencies and 61 programs within Cabinet offices that Trump wants to close.

There is the African Development Foundation, which Bloomberg said, "Provides grants to community groups and small businesses that help marginalized communities in Africa."

It's a Carter creation that operates in Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

You see any place on that list that is better off today than it was 37 years ago when this agency began? Certainly not Zimbabwe.

There is the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, created 30 years ago it "coordinates with federal agencies to prevent and end homelessness." You know who else was a coordinator? Fred Sanford on "Sanford and Son." Are the homeless better off? Only if they got jobs with this agency.

There is the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program within the Department of Transportation. Obama created it in 2009 to help the nation recover from a recession. That recession is long gone. This program should be gone too.

There is the Community Development Block Grant Program -- the mother of all federal slush funds. HUD gives cities and states $3 billion a year to hand out to politically connected cronies and allies. Many "black community leaders" are tied to a group receiving CDBG money (pronounced "Seedy-B-G money").

There is the EPA's Energy Star program, which has gone so overboard with requiring appliances to be "energy efficient" that washers no longer wash clothes clean.

On paper, these are all nice things to have. But we cannot afford them. Sorry.

The real test is whether Republican congressmen and senators are willing to let their programs go.

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  1. Boondoggles every one. Especially the Energy Star program. "Bloomberg listed 19 independent agencies and 61 programs within Cabinet offices that Trump wants to close." That's a good start. Every agency and program funded should be closely scrutinized. If it does not have a function directly attributable to the U.S. Constitution it should be eliminated immediately. - Elric

  2. "There is the EPA's Energy Star program, which has gone so overboard with requiring appliances to be "energy efficient" that washers no longer wash clothes clean."

    I think it's not the machines, it's the government mandated changes in the formulation of laundry detergents, which no longer contain the phosphates that got your clothes clean by lifting the dirt off the fabric. If you want your tidy whities to come out looking clean and bright again, buy some TSP and add a tablespoon or two to each wash load. You can find the product on-line or in the paint department of most hardware stores. However, make sure you buy the TSP with phosphates, not a TSP substitute that has no phosphates. The packaging for TSP substitutes is sometimes labelled misleadingly (TSP in large typeface, the word substitute n much smaller letters) so you think you are getting the real deal when you're not.

  3. "The real test is whether Republican congressmen and senators are willing to let their programs go."

    If not, we'll let THEM go.

    1. I wish that were true, but the re-election rate for incumbent Congressmen is about 90%. Everyone says that Congress is the problem except for their Representative.

  4. National Endowment for Humanities

    ◦ Supports research and initiatives to preserve cultural resources and promotes humanities education.

    How's that working out ??

    Seems to me that cultural resources have been flushed, and "Humanities Education" has, literally, gone to hell in a handbasket, judging by those 'scholarly' papers we read here recently.

  5. Music to cut boondoggles by:

  6. Departments of Energy and Education. How has the country been better off with either of them?

  7. Replies
    1. We'll be lucky if the budget doesn't Increase once the Lobbyist Loot is passed out.

  8. Bucketmouth stabbed Rhodesia and, with it, most of southern Africa, in the back, so it's just evening things up.

    1. Nice sentiment, but not nearly on the evening up.

  9. Mona Charon has been wrong about everything ever since she became (and remains) a Never Trumper. I no longer consider a conservative columnist.

  10. All these programs and agencies, as are I'd venture, 90% of federal programs and agencies, are solely for the purpose of employing the bureaucrats who staff them.

    1. That's true, and most of these were implemented under the guise of "it's for the children".

  11. Reagan used to say that the closest thing to eternal life here on earth was a federal agency. Libs are all about proving Reagan wrong on stuff. Maybe Trump can show them how to do it.

  12. Bravo Mr. Surber. The efficiency, i.e. delivering services to the truly needy, of these agencies is near zero. They have been politicized, the agencies working in America line the pockets of the powerful. Those in other countries, particularly Africa, line the pockets of the already rich and corrupted leaders. btw, the French Riviera is lined with mansions paid for by American taxpayers, thanks to the stupidity of our political leaders when it comes to foreign aid.