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Trump as undercover “small(er) government” agent?

by Steve Trinward

[ Note: This was initially sketched out as part of a previous attempt to find something a little “positive” about the upcoming Trump Administration. On contemplation, it seems the most useful of the five paths outlined then. To read the initial piece go to: ]

What if President-elect Donald Trump has been looking at the Cabinet as a chance to shrink government? If so, he would be appointing skeptics, instead of insiders, in order to get a real evaluation of what should be cut and which first, to mitigate the pain for those now dependent on them, but to ultimately trim the size and scope of their fiefdoms.

Consider that one of the biggest problems we face in the ever-expanding government control over our lives comes from career bureaucrats, who make policy decisions and issue edicts on pretty much a daily basis—based mostly on their own whims, not on legitimate laws passed by Congress and signed into law by the reigning President. This has led to expansions of power in every realm from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Drug Enforcement Administration, most recently with the DEA’s latest edict declaring CBD oil to be a dangerous drug with no approved medicinal uses.

Now contemplate the fact that most of the names Trump has mentioned so far, whether for Cabinet position or agency head, have been someone from outside the usual suspects. From Education to HUD to Labor and the Small Business Administration, from Energy to Commerce to State to Defense, every prospective appointee is being pilloried for being “inexperienced” and or “incompetent” to perform the job, as well as for being already independently wealthy by whatever means. But let’s take a closer look, focusing on the positions that will need Senate confirmation, starting next month, before they can assume any duties at all:

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We turn 14 today! The first edition of Rational Review News Digest went out on Monday, December 23, 2002. Of course, our history goes back another decade and change beyond that to Libernet circa 1991, followed by (and acquired/incorporated by) Freedom News Daily from the mid-1990s until Thursday, December 19, 2002 (yes, we put together RRND over a single weekend to ensure the freedom movement didn't lose its daily newspaper).

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