Donald Trump made no bones about his bold plan to get rid of the stagnant thinking in Washington by getting rid of the career bureaucrats who seem to get recycled with each successive administration.
“We have to break the cycle of corruption, and we have to give new voices to change,” Trump said in October. “It is indeed time to drain the swamp in Washington.”
And yet liberals are still somehow surprised by Donald Trump’s cabinet selections, labeling them a “team of novices,” who seem as keen to dismantle the agencies they represent as run them.
That, as they say, is the point.
Obama assembled a team of life-long government employees and career academics who all proved to be excellent at thinking about the problem and coming up with unworkable solutions. Trump, on the other hand, is building a cabinet full of people who have spent their career in the private sector actually solving real-world problems because there were jobs and money on the line. An informal review of Obama’s Cabinet-level appointees shows they had an average of 17 years of experience in academia or government while Trump’s pick had an average of just 6.8 years (which, coincidentally, is a smudge below Reagan’s 6.9 year average).
As Kayleigh McEnany writes for The Hill:
Unlike the Obama Cabinet, the Trump Cabinet is not comprised of do-nothing bureaucrats, who worked their way up the twisted, scheme-ridden Washington ladder; rather, they are doers, achievers, and leaders, who have attained the heights of greatness in their particular fields.
They will bring real change to Washington because they are change, change from the Washington way that we have not seen since the 1980s.
Far from being imbeciles, as the left would have you believe, Trump has assembled a Cabinet of the nation’s best. This, of course, is unpalatable to the Washington elite, who only find worth in a long list of public sector titles.
And on their way to achieving great heights, this Cabinet has had to do battle with government’s overreaches. They know the “twisted, scheme-ridden bureaucracy” because they’ve seen how it slows down businesses rather than viewed it as the mechanism to succeed.
Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s pick to run Health and Human Services opposes Obamacare and demanded a rollback of its regulatory provisions because, as a retired orthopedic surgeon, he knows the negative impact it has had on the ability to deliver quality medicine. He’s also introduced multiple market-centric plans to replace the Affordable Care Act.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will take the help of the Environmental Protection Agency in no small part because he’s been a key legal opponent of the agency’s expanding power independent of any Congressional mandate. As a self-described “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” he’ll push Congress to be more prescriptive with their environmental goals, but allow the agency to go no further that the law specifically allows.
“What the Affordable Care Act was to health care, what Dodd-Frank was to the banking and finance system, the Clean Power Plan is to our power grid and energy in this country,” Pruitt said recently.
Labor Secretary-designee Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants (Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s), is known for turning a once-flailing enterprise into a revenue-generating machine.
“One can only wonder when the advocates of progressive economics will realize that, despite their best efforts, you cannot regulate your way to economic prosperity,” he wrote in Forbes.
And Rex Tillerson, the newly appointed Secretary of State, began as an engineer at Exxon and steadily worked his way up to CEO. His experience dealing with foreign nations is not based on diplomacy, but instead one of hammering out business deals, a refreshing change of pace from the members of Congress who have recently staffed the post.
“I have to say it’s really quite shocking,” Neera Tanden, president of the left-leaning Center for American Progress told NPR. “It’s unusual to have picks who do not believe in the department itself and the mission of the department.”
But for those who have been paying attention it shouldn’t come as a shock at all. These are some of the nation’s most successful people, each of whom has had the displeasure of dealing with bureaucrats run amok in power-hungry agencies.
Something had to be done. The swamp had to be drained. The direction of the federal bureaucracy had to change. And Trump is doing it. Let’s not act surprised.