Attempts to rein in administrative agencies have mitigated their actions, but failed to truly introduce accountability. Here’s how to break bureaucracy’s stranglehold on Americans.
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump caught a lot of flak for calling America’s political system “rigged.” But while interference at the voting booth has since become a political football for both parties, limited-government conservatives have indeed been playing a rigged game—for more than a century. This game has allowed government to expand its reach into Americans’ lives regardless of who wins at the ballot box.
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An elite class of nearly three million well-paid civil servants, protected from the democratically determined will of the American people and their elected representatives, make a mockery of our constitutional separation of powers every day by exercising legislative, executive, and judicial functions under the same roof. This behemoth administrative state continues to expand its powers year after year, regardless of which party holds Congress and the White House. It grows quickly when we elect a Lyndon Johnson, and grows even when we elect a Ronald Reagan.
Trump has already clashed with the bureaucrats ostensibly under his command with the high-profile firing of Obama political appointee Sally Yates, but lower-level bureaucrats in the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department have already started to voice their intentions to do everything they can to contravene the lawfully elected president’s policy priorities. Almost 200 federal employees have already signed up for a “civil disobedience” class, which promises to teach them how to obstruct the Trump administration at every turn without losing their jobs.Read the rest of this op-ed HERE.
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