1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back?

5 Mar

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Stephen Bannon, President Trump’s Chief Advisor, recently provided an explanation as to why almost all of the President’s cabinet choices are known mostly for opposing the very Federal agencies they’ve been designated to lead.

Mr. Bannon said, “If you look at these cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction.”

deconstruction: the analytic examination of something often in order to reveal its inadequacy; dismantling.

So, according to Steve Bannon, President Trump’s right-hand man, The President’s cabinet has a mission. And that is to show how inadequate their departments are and then perhaps help dismantle them….because, after all, do we really need clean air, clean water, fair labor laws, fair housing standards, anti-discrimination laws, financial protections, food and drug safety, national education standards and such?

Will this be the result of 4 years of a Trump Presidency? The dismantling and downsizing of the government as famed Republican strategist, Grover Norquist, has advocated for many years… until it can be :”Drowned in a bathtub”?

It is of course too early to tell and it is hard to know on which ideology President Trump’s ever changing mind will settle, but it does not bode well especially when you consider that the President has already signed an executive order on future and present government regulations.

“If you have a regulation you want, No. 1, we’re not gonna approve it because it’s already been approved probably in 17 different forms,” President Trump said. “But if we do, the only way you have a chance is we have to knock out two regulations for every new regulation. So if there’s a new regulation, they have to knock out two.”

The President’s supporters tend to applaud whenever they here this mantra repeated at rallies and speeches but if you take the time to think about it this new policy on government regulations is either one of 2 things. It is either a short-sighted and silly gimmick that sounds like it could be a good idea, when left unexamined… or it is meant to be quite sinister in nature from the get go…and here’s why.

Mathematically, the end result of this policy will leave one with no regulations at all. For if you have, let’s say, 100 regulations to start with then by creating 100 new ones you will have to eliminate 200…and 200 regulations will be exactly how many you would have after creating the 100 new ones. Any which way you examine it, a 1 step forward 2 step back approach will leave you, not in the same place that you started, but rather a considerable distance backward.

And if you think I’m being silly because you know that the President doesn’t really mean it (like he doesn’t mean most of what he says…literally?) then why did he make it a Presidential Order? Do those mean nothing to him also? He is our President after all…and he made it a Presidential Order! (with his giant signature and everything!) So if you don’t think he meant it to be literally true… then does the POTUS know that?…or doesn’t he?

Should we be listening to his advisors and spokespeople and tweets and executive orders…and believe what we are hearing and seeing?…Or should we be taking them all with a grain of salt?

Once again…we have to wait and see. Will everything simply work itself out in the end and all for the best? Just like in a Hollywood Movie… or Network Reality Show… or Good, Bad Dream?… Or should we prepare to draw America its bath?

2 Responses to “1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back?”

  1. kingmidget March 6, 2017 at 12:02 am #

    I’ve worked in state government for almost 20 years now. When Arnold Schwarzenegger was running for Governor almost 15 years ago, he promised to blow up the boxes. I almost voted for him based on that one promise. One of the first things he did once he was elected was to conduct a performance review of state government. Sadly, the report was completed and he did nothing with it.

    I’m a liberal who believes in clean water and affordable health care and most of the other liberal things we all argue about. That said,, there’s an element to deconstructing our government agencies that i think makes sense. I work in the belly of the beast and there’s a lot of fat and a lot of waste and a lot of bureaucratic inertia that just keeps a lot of this moving in a certain direction without a whole lot of thought or analysis. Layer after layer of rules and bureaucracy get added on over time and it just gets more and more difficult to actually administer. So, deconstruct and rebuild more effectively. Yes. Unfortunately, that will never happen unless somebody like Trump comes along. This should not be read as an endorsement of a President Trump. But … there is something to be said for shaking some of this up.

  2. gpicone March 6, 2017 at 2:33 am #

    But how about what Gov. Brown was able to do after Schwarzenegger? He reversed all of the “cut taxes on the rich” policies and now California is in the black, with regulations and everything. Sounds like it’s a lot better now. Am I wrong about California?

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