What the hysteria is actually about, and why the bureaucracy is going to fight tooth and nail.
It's a conundrum. What drives innovation and advancement? Vic and I have gone around and around on this regarding scientific research, but it cuts much deeper. Does everything have to be distributed by the federal government? Or might states and private commerce do this as well, or better, than a federal bureaucracy.
Aides say that the president sees a new Washington emerging from the budget process, one that prioritizes the military and homeland security while slashing many other areas, including housing, foreign assistance, environmental programs, public broadcasting and research. Simply put, government would be smaller and less involved in regulating life in America, with private companies and states playing a much bigger role....Trump and his advisers have said that they believe the federal workforce is too big, and that the federal government spends — and wastes — too much money. They have said that Washington — the federal workers and contractors, among others — has benefited from government largesse while many other Americans have suffered. Federal spending, they have argued, crowds the private sector and piles regulations and bureaucracy onto companies.
Maybe this experiment will be done, and we'll find out.