by Lowell Ponte
The people voted last November to put Republicans, the “Small Government” Party, in charge of the House, Senate, and White House.
But the permanent government of 2.6 million bureaucrats in 2,000 federal agencies, commissions and departments cannot be voted out of power in our democratic republic. They have become the Fourth Branch of our government.
They are given an average of $120,000 each year in wages and benefits – more than double the earnings in the private sector – yet these government workers produce mostly paperwork, not valuable products.
What they do make, in too many cases, is rules and regulations – at least 11 for every one law enacted by congress, each rule with the force of law. Like taxes, regulations have the power to kill, to destroy, and the regulatory state created under Barack Obama’s presidency used the threat of thousands of new rules and massive fines to impose his anti-business ideology by intimidation and brute force.
The word “bureaucracy” has two roots – the Old French word bureau, meaning “desk or office,” and the Latin Kratos, “rule or political power.” A bureaucrat rules us politically because he sits at the desk or in the office making and imposing rules.
When Obama and then-Senator leader Harry Reid used the “nuclear option” to end Senate filibusters, it was used so Mr. Obama could pack the Washington, D.C., appeals court with far-left judges. This had been the court that controlled bureaucratic excess and overreach. Since this court-packing was done, the bureaucracies have felt free to run amok, to grab more power than either elected lawmakers or the President possess.
Bureaucratic offices in our young republic had little power, because the government had little under the Constitution. They were mostly easy government jobs that politicians could give to friends and partisan allies, who knew they would be replaced if and when the other party won. Under Progressive Presidents like Teddy Roosevelt, they turned into civil service work with job protections. This was supposed to make the bureaucracies less political – but instead it filled their ranks with long-term acolytes of the Big Government Party, the Democrats, and filled them with the smug self-righteous power of people who know they can never be fired by the voters.
Thus, in recent days, we have seen apparent Obama holdovers leaking national security secrets to undermine a Republican President Donald Trump. Bureaucrats declare that they will defy Republican attempts to change Obama regulations as the voters wanted.
Leftist bureaucrats communicate with one another via encrypted email, even though doing so probably violates laws about making their emails available if subpoenaed.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) arrogantly refuses a congressional committee’s request for its raw data supporting an extreme climate claim. (Weeks later a scientist whistleblower explains that the claim was based on fake data, and NOAA was eager to hide this.)
The next evolution in bureaucracy was tested by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, devised by the notorious Elizabeth Warren, now a Massachusetts senator and 2020 ultra-left presidential aspirant. CFPB has all the powers of a government bureaucracy, but is beyond the purse string control of Congress and thus unaccountable to taxpayers and voters. CFPB and its sky-high salaries are directly Federal Reserve funded, which the courts have ruled unconstitutional. But President Trump has yet to put his foot down and squash this renegade, looney-left bureaucracy.
The bureaucracy has become part of the Deep State, the “Machine” that monetary expert Craig R. Smith and I discuss in our 2016 book Money, Morality & The Machine: Smith’s Law in an Unethical, Over-Governed Age. The outcome of President Trump’s battle with the bureaucracy could determine whether America’s Constitution and economy survive. It is literally a battle to the death, liberty versus the government our Framers tried so hard to control.
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1. Juliet Eilperin and others, “Resistance from Within: Federal Workers Push Back Against Trump,” Washington Post, January 31, 2017. URL: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/resistance-from-within-federal-workers-push-back-against-trump/2017/01/31/c65b110e-e7cb-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?utm_term=.453ada575193
2. Adam White, “Break the Bureaucracy!” City Journal (Manhattan Institute), Winter 2017. URL: https://www.city-journal.org/html/break-bureaucracy-14947.html