This morning, I heard Trump said something in his “Gettysburg Address” that was almost as good. Instead of saying, “form committees to go through the CFR throwing out regulations”, he called for, “Eliminating two federal regulations for every one passed.”. This would be a good start. I'd rather see elimination of three or four old for every new one - if nothing else, it's good busy work to keep the roaches in DC busy, and not passing more new laws. That's not happening without a strong national movement, or strong leadership.
If you haven't seen it, The Federalist Papers Project has a good summary of the talk. It actually sounds pretty good to me.
- Push a constitutional amendment for term limits for members of Congress.
- A hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition, exempting military public safety and public health.
- A permanent Ban on members of the Executive administration from ever becoming political lobbyists.
- Eliminating two federal regulations for every one passed.
- Repeal the “Obamacare Disaster” and provide relief to American families.
- Impose tough tariffs on foreign imports to keep American companies from moving overseas.
- Immediately open up energy production to jumpstart our economy.
- Appoint judges who will strictly uphold the Constitution.
- Immediately begin renegotiating NAFTA to make it a better deal.
Trump also said he would cancel “every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by Barack Obama, cancel funding for sanctuary cities, remove all of the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country. “These are our drug dealers, gang heads, gang members, killers, and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.”I don't like the idea of “tough tariffs”, because tariffs attract negative attention. There's more than one way to discourage companies from moving overseas. Aside from that, I have to say I like that agenda.
Mrs. Graybeard and I were saying to each other that we really seem to take a different view of this process than the vibe we pick up from the nevertrump crowd. We were watching Dr. Krauthammer, whom I generally respect, talk about how he can't vote for Trump in good conscience so he's going to write in someone. Both of us look at this as if we're hiring someone to do a job for us not some mystical grand leader on a white horse who's going to rescue us and make everything wonderful. To use the small business analogy, our little radio shop has gotten too busy for us to manage by ourselves and we've got to hire help. We've interviewed two applicants for the position. Neither applicant is ideal in any sense and we really don't like either one, but one is clearly better than the other. We'd rather have someone better but we only have these two, and we need somebody because we don't have enough hands to do everything ourselves. All we can do is hire the best one we can and hope they're better than they seem.