September 18, 2019

Don't Use the Shutdown to Argue for Small Government

“In some ways, the Trump era has become an inadvertent experiment in small government. The president certainly didn’t campaign as a limited-government conservative, but he has governed as one in some important ways—and not just in the admirable job the administration has done scaling back the onerous regulatory state.

After more than 500 days in office, the Trump White House still had vacancies in hundreds of executive branch positions. Over 200 of the 665 key posts that require confirmation by the Senate were left empty. Dozens of roles at the State Department, including important ambassadorial appointments, still remain unfilled. Thirteen inspector general offices–tasked with preventing mismanagement in the 73 departments and agencies they oversee–were abandoned. And since personnel turnover of senior non-cabinet secretary roles in President Trump’s administration is higher than his last six predecessors, many key departments are being managed by acting officials—career civil servants and professional bureaucrats.”

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