Thursday, June 28, 2018

Reorganizing the administrative state

Be Still My Beating Heart…

The White House has released a plan that details some pretty sweeping changes to the Executive Branch of our government. I have not yet had a chance to read the entire document from the OMB, but included are the following major changes:
  1. Combine the Departments of Education and Labor streamlining the bureaucracy and eliminating many redundancies.
  2. Consolidate the many different Food Safety agencies into one department into the USDA eliminating the FDA and HHS oversight of these areas — again eliminating many redundancies and reducing the bureaucracy.
  3. Divest and privatize the energy transmission GSAs in the Department of Energy such as the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Western Area Power Administration eliminating federal involvement in owning and operating energy transmission assets.
  4. Privatize the Postal Service.
  5. Ending the conservatorship of Fannie and Freddie and reducing their overall impact on the mortgage and housing market
There are more. Mostly small-ball stuff compared to these five rather major changes (unless I’m misreading; again I haven’t read through the entire document) but I have to say: Wow! Be still my beating heart. This is the kind of conservative reform we should all get behind, and kudos to POTUS and the rest of his staff for proposing these kinds of reforms.

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