Controlling the Bureaucracy

David Christian

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He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

The Declaration of Independence

Scott Ott led a great session over Bill Whittle today. Scott is a process guy, so it was refreshing to see him discuss how a President might manage the bureaucracy.

I’m doubtful any of this will come to pass, although maybe a focused President might accomplish it as part of a first 90 day agenda. One third of the Republican caucus is captured by the bureaucracy, this would be true with a Republican Majority in both houses, I’d expect. This is also why I’m not a Republican.

But here are my suggestions:

  • One of Trump’s most significant acts was Executive Order 13771. Pass a law to enact Executive Order 13771 as a part of the US Code. Make it five to one.

  • Vivek Ramaswamy’s idea to use the US Code to employ mass layoffs of the Federal employees is the right idea. Everyone with an odd SSN goes. The bureaucrats will depopulate public facing services first (park access, passports, etc…). The president doesn’t have to be a superman, just focus their minds with the possibility of additional layoffs.

  • I’m hopeful the Supreme Court will strike down the Chevron rule. If not, pass a law.

  • If a contract is not able to be actively managed by a member of the bureaucracy, (we can discuss what “active” so as to inhibit game playing), the contract is canceled. This includes DoD and black budgets.