Here’s a clue: Trump ran on that platform, and he will be judged on how well he delivers. What counts is not delivery on the specific points of his platform. What counts is delivering results on the group–practical results for voters, many of whom see centralized, bureaucratic government as a meddlesome, deep-pocketed adversary.
Philip Bump, a senior reporter for the WaPo, begins his analysis with the snarky (but correct) point that former Texas Governor Rick Perry is best remembered for his “oops” moment, when he could not remember one of the three big bureaucracies he would eliminate if elected president. Turns out it was the Department of Energy. Today, Donald Trump selected him to head that department. (Washington Post)
Scott Pruitt has spent a lot of time as Oklahoma’s Attorney General suing the Environmental Protection Agency for overstepping its regulatory authority. Now, he will take the helm of the EPA. But if the Washington Post thinks that’s a contradiction, they are mistaken. Pruitt may be right or wrong about the EPA’s overreach, but what better way to restrain it than by appointing a restrainer-in-chief to head it.
Betsy DeVos undoubtedly plans to eviscerate the Department of Education’s programs that have not produced results and to launch others to support school choice. I urge reporter Bump to walk around the WaPo newsroom and find anybody, aside from the janitorial staff, sending their kids to the District’s everyday public schools. (I am leaving aside magnet schools.) When Pres. and Mrs. Obama had to make that choice for their own daughters, they moved them from a private school in Chicago to a private school in Washington, even as they were guillotining the District’s successful school-choice plan for impoverished families.
Tom Price, who will head Health and Human Services, has been among the sharpest critics of Obamacare and among the best-informed.
Bottom line: If things were working well in Washington’s bureaucracies, then fine; stay the course. If things were working well in Washington, Trump wouldn’t have been elected, either.
He was. They aren’t. And his appointments say he intends to shake up the status quo.