Draining the Swamp, as the popular meme goes, entails the removing of all these nefarious Establishment types who are embedded into America likes ticks on a dog. They are extremely difficult to extract, especially after long periods of time, sucking the blood from the country and lazing about as if they own the place. But there is another aspect to the draining of the swamp that not always talked about and which is just as important.
When one stops to think about how many government employees there are in just the Federal government alone, it’s a staggering number. In fact, in just the IRS, there are over 165,000 agents! Imagine if our tax code was simplified and we didn’t have the IRS staff being added to just for the sole benefit of dealing with the Unaffordable Care Act!
Draining the Swamp also relates to the paring down of the amount of staff that resides and works within the Washington Establishment. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has just announced that he has reduced his own staff by two more individuals in an effort to continue to build on the slow momentum of cleaning up the government and taking down its maintenance bill to a more manageable (and palatable) level!
As part of a restructuring effort at the State Department, two long-term diplomats resigned from the agency. William Rivington Brownfield, an assistant secretary of State who deals with narcotics issues, and Tracey Ann Jacobson, a bureaucrat who tracks international policy, have both left their posts.
According to Western Journalism, “Jacobson will leave her post in October. Brownfield will step down by the end of September.”
This is the latest in a series of shake-ups at the Foggy Bottom-based agency. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has made it known that he wants to cut the agency down substantially.
Just recently, Tillerson announced details of his reduction proposal, including the reduction of many special envoys. In a letter to Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, Tillerson wrote, “I believe that the Department will be able to better execute its mission by integrating certain envoys and special representative offices within the regional and functional bureaus and eliminating those that have accomplished or outlived their original purpose.”
It looks like a lot of big changes are coming to the State Department, maybe even with Tillerson. President Trump is reportedly “frustrated” with Tillerson, and may seek to replace him in the near future.
With so many departures, it looks like the Trump Administration truly is draining the swamp at Foggy Bottom.
When it comes to the Trump Legacy at the end of the days of this presidency, one thing that will endure will be the memory of the day when the government was reducing in size, rather than bloating. Unfortunately for us, it is a safe bet that with the introduction of another Leftist to the White House, Day One in the Oval Office will find a complete reversal of all the Trump progress toward saving America from ultimate bankruptcy.
We should be heartened, however, to note that if he manages to reduce the government to the point where Leftists lose even more of their power, the possibility at least exists that legislation to keep reducing Big Government will be able to be pushed through Congress by the sheer will of the People. Here’s to big dreams!
Source: Political Insider