Skip to comments.Trump's First Week
Posted on 01/18/2017 10:15:34 AM PST by Kaslin
Donald Trump will be busy Friday.
He and Mike Pence have promised, Mother Jones magazine points out, that on Trump's first day in office he will repeal Obamacare, end the "war on coal," expel illegal immigrants, begin construction of a "beautiful Southern border wall," fix the Department of Veterans Affairs, come up with a plan to stop ISIS, get rid of "gun-free zones," "start taking care of our ... military," withdraw from the TPP trade agreement, cut regulations and designate China a currency manipulator.
OK, much of that was probably just campaign talk. I'm grateful for that. I hope some of it never happens.
But there's a lot of good Trump and Pence could do their first day, or, let's be generous, their first week. How about this?
Monday: Abolish the Department of Commerce.
Trump is a businessman, so he knows that business works best when government stays out of it. Why does America need something called a Commerce Department? Commerce just happens; it doesn't need a department.
Today the Department of Commerce spends $9 billion a year subsidizing companies with political connections, gathering economic data, setting industry standards and doing a bunch of things companies ought to do for themselves.
Get rid of it.
Tuesday: Abolish the Department of Labor.
The Department inserts itself into almost every protracted argument between workers and management. Why should we let government referee every argument? Let workers, bosses, unions and their lawyers fight it out.
Then people can make contracts as individuals so they can get deals tailored to their individual needs. That's fairer than letting government bureaucrats and labor union bosses pretend to speak for them.
The Labor Department also spends about $9 billion gathering information on workers. Top labor-union bosses make six-figure salaries. I'm sure their organizations could spend a little on statistics and workplace studies. Leave the poor, oppressed taxpayer out of it.
Wednesday: Abolish the Small Business Administration.
I love small businesses and the entrepreneurs who create them.
That's exactly why I don't want them chosen or coddled by the state, just as big corporations shouldn't be. Entrepreneurs should devote their energy to inventing things, not sucking up to bureaucrats who give loans to businesses they favor.
Businesses should sink or swim in accordance with the wishes of customers on the open market.
Thursday: Abolish the Department of Education.
Every time government pokes its nose into some activity, it pretends that activity could never have happened without government. Left-wing activists agree and pretend the sky will fall if anyone got rid of a department.
But we've only had a federal Department of Education since 1980, and it's done nothing useful.
The department doesn't teach kids or pay teachers. It comes up with studies, test requirements, and one-size-fits-all rules that limit what schools can do if they want federal money. That money gets taken from states and shipped to Washington, D.C., which then ships it back to states if they do something the department likes. On that long journey, plenty of the money disappears into the hands of bureaucrats.
Turn education back over to local governments, the way it was not so long ago. Let entrepreneurs and local governments compete to improve schools.
Friday: Abolish the Department of Energy.
Politicians say that America needs "an energy policy." But we have one -- the free market. If someone invents a better or cheaper form of energy, the rewards will be huge. Investors will eagerly fund it. We don't need federal bureaucrats funneling your tax money to their vision of what's best.
When government does that, we get nice-sounding but expensive boondoggles, such as the Solyndra solar company and giant windmills that don't budge on windless days. Your taxes go to the politically connected, like Al Gore and his friends.
The department's nuclear supervision responsibilities belong in the Department of Defense.
Of course, Defense and other parts of government deserve to be cut, too -- but I'm patient. That can wait for week two.
Libertarians occupy the twilight zone between Trump/America First and the DemGOPUniPartyGlobalists.
The truth is no one in Stossel's circle would ever attempt to accomplish anything he wishes Trump would do (or has already done). Least of all that Libertarian phony that everyone has already forgotten his name.
He knows Trump is his last hope for any of his wishes to come true but he can't bring himself to not being a un-funny nose in the air haughty douche bag about everything.
The holier than thou schtick has worn out John.
Might as well. His nominee admitted this morning to employing an illegal alien for the past seven years.
You mean Gary Johnson did?
Wilbur Ross. Link
OK, so it's Huffington Post. But the reason I would give it credibility is because Ross told Thune and Nelson about it before the hearings began today. And Nelson would be just the kind of person to "leak" it to the press.
Also I hope he repeals all of odumb0’s Exec Orders on Day 1, all the Agency rulings (ie EPA) since odumb0, the restrictions he placed on oil drilling, the restrictions on coal on Day 2. And then in no particular order, all the remaining Exec Orders going back to George Bush Sr., and gives the UN Security Council 5 days to reverse the UN Resolution against Israel or all US funding for the UN will be halted after Day 5. Also he needs to immediately move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
All of these departments are the creation of congress.
Stossel asks Trump to exercise despotic rather than presidential power.