Touting it as a way to “trim waste” and “curb unnecessary spending,” President Donald Trump signed an executive order last night that could effectively dismantle major agencies of the federal government. After all, deconstruction is their M.O.
The purpose of the order, as stated on the White House website is (emphasis mine):
“… To improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch by directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies (as defined in section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code), components of agencies, and agency programs.”
The order directs the heads of agencies to submit a plan within 180 days “to reorganize the agency” as they see fit. After that, the director of the OMB, Mick Mulvaney, is to submit his recommendations to the president within 180 days of receiving the reports from the heads of agencies.
Now, given that information, consider who is in charge of several of these agencies.
Department Of Energy – Rick Perry
Former Texas governor Rick Perry said during his campaign for president that he wanted to eliminate the DOE (though he couldn’t remember the name of the agency). Though he has since walked back those specific remarks, Perry has also demonstrated a severe lack of awareness as to the purpose of the agency he now leads.
Department Of Education – Betsy DeVos
DeVos makes no bones about the fact that she believes more money needs to be funneled into private and charter schools. The Trump administration has already removed the stringent accountability requirements from the controversial Every Student Succeeds Act, much to the dismay of educators around the country. There was concern before Trump’s newest executive order that DeVos would cripple the Department of Education beyond repair; his new order gives her the ammunition she needs to do just that.
Environmental Protection Agency – Scott Pruitt
Along with Betsy DeVos, Scott Pruitt is one of the most controversial appointments to Trump’s cabinet. Pruitt recently stated that he does not believe that carbon dioxide causes climate change (a statement that was quickly and widely rebuked by climate scientists). There’s also this little tidbit:
“Pruitt has sued 14 times to block EPA clean air and water protections, and in every suit except one his co-litigators were some of the biggest polluters in the nation—and they also made cash contributions to Pruitt’s political causes.”
Trump’s executive order basically removes every roadblock in Pruitt’s pursuit to dismantle the EPA entirely.
And Lest We Forget – Stephen Bannon
Perry, DeVos, and Pruitt are just three of the many, many horrific cabinet members Trump has appointed and the Senate has confirmed.
But the man behind it all — the one who’s actually in charge — told us this was coming.
Trump whisperer Stephen Bannon laid out this whole plan just a few weeks ago at CPAC:
“If you look at these Cabinet appointees, they were selected for a reason and that is the deconstruction.”
Bannon told the gathered mouthbreathers at CPAC, to thunderous applause, that part of the line of work of the Trump administration was the “deconstruction of the administrative state.”
So don’t for one hot second believe that this executive order means anything less than that. They may package it as “cutting waste,” but it’s something far more sinister.
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