We’ve observed from time to time since the election that Donald Trump’s cabinet picks seem to be picked based on their level of disdain for the department they are to head. Now, top White House advisor Steve Bannon has come right out and said as much. Bannon, talking to CPAC on Thursday, very clearly said that these picks weren’t put in place to lead the departments, but to destroy them.
Atop Trump’s agenda, Bannon said, was the “deconstruction of the administrative state” — meaning a system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president and his advisers believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty.
“If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction,” Bannon said. He posited that Trump’s announcement withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership was “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history.”
This is utter garbage, of course, but it isn’t surprising. Far right groups like the Heritage Foundation have long seen these non-elected agencies represent a threat to American “sovereignty and self-government.”
Yes, conservatives, because clean air, clean water, fair housing, fair labor, financial regulations, food and drug safety, educational standards and anti-discrimination laws are all horrible things. This is why Hillary Clinton used the word “deplorables.” This is deplorable.
The nature of these agencies is to preserve uniformity throughout the country so that no state or locality is treated with preference over another. The thousands of people who work for these agencies are there because of they are qualified, educated, dedicated experts. They are not politicians, but they do work for us. They work to make America a better place.
Bannon of course knows there is no realistic substitute for these agencies. What Bannon and this administration is doing is allowing corporations and industry to do whatever the hell they want with no regulations. The rich will get richer, the poor will stay poor, public schools will suffer, the environment will be destroyed. It’s a Republican wet dream.