Given his first-hand experience with the massive size, pettiness, cost and overreach of deep-state government in Washington, it is time for Trump to cut about 25 percent of it.
There are so many areas the government could cut workers, and it would be best done in a good economy where they could find jobs should they really want to work. My suggestion on what to cut is simple. If you can find the government “service” in the Yellow Pages, or your agency's workers are not essential enough to have to come in on a snow day in D.C., then let’s cut back.
Maybe we should start with Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. That should be the name of a convenience store, not a government agency. Duplicity and stupidity abound in government; state and local governments already police these things.
I was just in Washington, D.C., and visited Mt. Vernon. It reminded me that George Washington brewed booze, hosted horse races, and raised tobacco and hemp, thus becoming the Father of Spring Break and the patron saint of Panama City Beach.
This country was founded on alcohol,tobacco, firearms and explosives. I think it was also my high school prom theme. No government agency has ever made anything better. Prohibition spawned gangsters and the mob. “Drug wars” financially fueled Mexican gangs. Hard right-wing social conservatives agitate for such issues based on imposing their moral standard.
Bootleggers and Baptists is the economic principle that regulations are often supported by odd bedfellows. Baptists and other religious fundamentalists agitated for Sunday “Blue Laws” restricting the sale of alcohol. Bootleggers sold alcohol illegally, and they sold more when liquor stores were closed. Thus this holy and unholy alliance. Baptists lowered the costs of political favor-seeking for the bootleggers because politicians can pose as "moral" in supporting Baptists, yet they know they are helping bootleggers.
Regulation also stifles free markets and creates barriers to entry in entrenched businesses. Consider our regulated cable TV oligopoly, where costs rise and service stinks. If you wonder why Mark Zuckerberg welcomed regulation in his business when he testified before Congress, then this explains it. Mostly regulations harm consumers and help big business to keep competitors and innovation at bay. And lobbyists fuel this injustice.
As a libertarian, my view is: Smoke all the crack you want, just don’t expect me to pay for your rehab or not shoot you if you try to steal my lawnmower. Legalize everything and educate people so they can make informed decisions. Show pictures of Keith Richards to those who want to smoke and do drugs. Put pictures of morbidly obese people riding a Rascal scooter around Walmart on Cinnabon bags. You get the idea. Educate and let idiots wean themselves out of our gene pool.
I doubt Trump will cut ATF, since he doesn’t drink and takes a dim view of it. We should be thankful he doesn’t drink; studies show that alcohol increases the size of the "Send" button by 50 percent.
A libertarian op-ed humorist and award-winning author, Ron is often a guest on CNN. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @RonaldHart on Twitter.