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Why the Federal Bureaucracy Needs to Be Cut Down to Size

Robert Dimuro

Posted on September 9, 2018 11:44

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For much too long, the fourth branch of government has been able to govern our nation under its own thumb.

Aside from our military budget, funding the vast network of agencies that comprise our federal bureaucracy has drowned the United States in an ever-growing financial deficit that may never be overcome.

Since the time of FDR, both Democrats and Republicans in the White House have increased bureaucratic power and overreach. As such, those in favor of big government and central control have been consistently victorious in recent history.

Whereas Democrats have focused on expanding entitlement and social justice programs, Republicans have focused on expanding intrusive agencies such as the NSA and the FCC.

The vast majority of these bureaucratic agencies are alike in that they’re mind-bogglingly large, wasteful of funds, and oppressive to either the economic production of various sectors or the freedom of individuals to live their lives as they please.

Agencies that are largely exceptions to these characterizations include the CIA and FBI - although even they have been wasteful and ineffective at times, as evidenced by their combined inability to foresee and prevent the 911 attacks.

President Trump’s main focus is to slash away at agencies that comprise the vast entitlement and regulatory states. As a way to galvanize his base during the presidential campaign, Trump won the hearts and minds of coal miners and oil drillers by promising the continued use of coal and oil as sources of energy.

He also promised to dismantle the EPA “in almost every form,” sending a signal that administrative leadership will come from the very top, not from anonymous bureaucrats lurking in the shadows of government administration.

This administrative “battle” is actually not a modern phenomenon. It harkens back to ancient times when reforms made in the Late Roman Empire drastically changed the way government was organized and how it operated.

Following the Crisis of the Third Century, Emperor Diocletian made numerous reforms to strengthen Roman central authority. The one that concerns us is the inception of a large and hierarchical administrative state that would essentially manage affairs in all of Rome’s provinces.

In the long run, this reform would have to be walked back. Over time, the bureaucracy became a major financial burden and, perhaps more importantly, the administration became less and less accountable to the emperor - marginalizing the ability of the emperor to rule.

Since bureaucrats are unelected officials, the agencies that they comprise become rogue entities that govern on their own. Therefore, they do not represent the people and are able to operate based on their own whims. In principle, this is the heart of the problem with our federal bureaucracy. Although we elect a president and lawmakers in Congress to represent us, the nuts and bolts of society are managed by bureaucrats who have the most influence on our everyday life.

For this reason, it’s crucial that President Trump continues to cut our federal agencies down to size. In doing so, he's disassembling the bulwark utilized by the establishment elite to maintain its power without accountability to the president or representation of the people.

 

Robert Dimuro

Posted on September 9, 2018 11:44

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Source: WashPost

Trump is a rule-breaker, with no patience for bureaucracy. Can he lead a public enterprise?

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