The Hill newspaper ran a feature story this weekend about how increasingly brazen our current government employees are getting when it comes to disobeying, criticizing, and outright plotting against the Trump administration. The article shows that there is more need than ever before for the president to start draining the swamp of bureaucrats who are entrenched in the system, loyal to the last guy, and beholden to decades of established thought instead of the will of the voters.
From The Hill:
A handful of current and former career staffers in the Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have openly shredded their superiors within the last several weeks, continuing a trend that has developed throughout the government over the course of Trump’s tenure in the Oval Office.
The growing opposition in the executive branch comes as the White House’s legislative agenda has stalled in Congress and Trump turns to his Cabinet agencies to change course in several policy areas. It also is emanating from career staffers or political holdovers whose resistance to Trump has, at times, been rooted in deep opposition to the president’s agenda.
“From our point of view, it’s kind of obvious,” said Jeff Ruch, the executive director of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) group, when asked about staffers’ growing pushback. “You have Donald Trump, who ran and said he would drain the swamp, meaning them.”
That’s absurd. It’s like saying your milk went bad because you started cleaning out the refrigerator. The deep state, as it were, is opposing Trump because Trump opposes everything they stand for. It has nothing to do with Trump’s feelings about people who hold jobs with the federal government, except that it IS THOSE people who have landed us in the muck we’re in. It is those people who helped globalize the American economy and expand the federal government to the point where most of us hardly know where our private lives begin and end anymore. To overhaul the country – to make America great again – will require sending some of those employees packing.
But yes, at agencies like the EPA there will be natural pushback that’s only slightly related to politics, because Trump and the Republicans have made it clear that it’s time to slash funding to certain federal agencies. Including ones like the EPA, which have strayed far, FAR from their original mission statement to become job-killing behemoths of liberal policy.
So let them whine. Let them resign in protest. Let them do their big interviews on the Monday morning programs. It’s fine.
But for the agencies Trump needs to implement his agenda, it’s past time to get them under control. If it takes mass firings to make room for new people, let it be. Trump was the man elected to do the job, and he needs people willing to help him do it. Simple as that.