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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Donald Trump’s GOP will never be the same – anyone miss the old one?

It’s a concept that didn’t receive a whole lot of attention during the 2016 presidential campaign, but merited much more discussion – that being, hypothetically speaking, could America be made great again without a complete overhaul of its federal government?

At first glance the answer is an emphatic no. Over the years the federal bureaucracy grew so large and unruly that there isn’t a human being alive who could truly comprehend what goes on in every river, branch and stream Trump in commandof the government. Investigative reporters tell of massive waste taking place inside the civil service – vast overpayments, paying rent for vacant buildings, excessive farm subsidies, welfare fraud…the list goes on and on and on.

Give us a day long enough and you’d never hear the end of just how bad the problem is.

Personal friends who are federal employees talk about the astonishing carelessness that’s rampant in their own departments. What can they do but shake their heads?

Thankfully President Donald Trump intends to do something about the problem, including setting the outlines for a governmental makeover that, if enacted, would make significant improvements in the way things are done in Washington – and elsewhere.

In a story titled “Trump Seeks to Reorganize the Federal GovernmentHelena Bottemiller Evich and Andrew Restuccia of Politico reported, “The Trump administration is preparing to release a sweeping plan for reorganizing the federal government that includes a major consolidation of welfare programs — and a renaming of the Health and Human Services Department.

“The report, set to be released in the coming weeks by the White House Office of Management and Budget, seeks to move safety-net programs, including food stamps, into HHS, two sources with knowledge of the plan told POLITICO. The plan would also propose changing the name of the sprawling department, while separately seeking cuts at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department.

“The $70 billion food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is run by the Agriculture Department and makes up the vast majority of the department’s budget. The program helps more than 40 million low-income Americans buy groceries each month.”

Needless to say this type of reorganization would be very welcome by everyone – and desperately needed. At the very least bringing various welfare programs under one umbrella would reduce duplicity and hopefully alleviate fraud. The food stamp program alone would appear to be a prime candidate for a total redo as abuse is widespread and the people it’s most meant to serve aren’t necessarily being helped by its lax requirements.

According to the Politico writers the Trump plan is due to be released sometime this month and has been in the makings since March of last year when the president signed an executive order directing that the massive federal bureaucracy be reorganized. From what it sounds like Trump’s people relied heavily on recommendations from conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation in compiling their ideas.

This is yet another area where it’s like a dream come true having Trump in the White House. As an inherently practical man Trump doesn’t care about the nitty gritty details as much as he appreciates getting a “deal” on his desk to start accomplishing things. Trump leaves the minutia to entities like Heritage, which hires smart people to spend decades putting together scholarly research to back up their proposals. Such ideas would’ve never seen the light of day under Obama or a president Hillary. Democrats have never seen a tangled bureaucracy they didn’t like.

The Politico report didn’t contain any immediate reaction to the report’s impending release from Democrats but we don’t need actual quotes to anticipate what the minority party’s leaders will say about it.

Here’s a smattering: “Trump’s plan authorizes draconian cuts to vital assistance programs while literally ripping food from the mouths of children and poor people. By threatening to move oversight of these lifesaving efforts underneath a cruel and heartless Trump cabinet secretary (insert name here), the president is proving once again what a heartless and spiteful person he is.

“Further, since X% of the people who will be adversely affected by these changes are African-American, Hispanic or Muslim you can bet there’s a racial component present here as well. Before any Democrats will stoop to support the Trump proposals we’ll need five years to study them and by then hopefully there will be a Democrat in the White House.

“Lastly, these benefits reductions are being forced on the poorest among us by the callous Republican tax rate reductions for the rich. Make no mistake, the improved recent employment figures are due solely to progress Obama started during his last two months in office. Trump had nothing to do with any of it and now he’s taking all the credit.”

Democrats don’t even need writers to scribble out their speeches – they’re so predictable the words practically compose themselves. Maybe if Democrats had any ideas they’d struggle more with how to respond to a man like Trump, who not only doesn’t wait by the side of the road for liberals to catch up, he’s always a mile ahead.

Needless to say many other administrations have tried their hands at governmental reorganization – and there hasn’t been much actual work done to fix things. Hopefully Trump’s plans won’t get bogged down by Congress or sabotaged by the Democrats.

Besides, there’s already plenty of internal plotting within establishment Republican ranks to bring down a major plank of Trump’s MAGA platform. Burgess Everett of Politico reported, “Republicans are finally reaching their breaking point with President Donald Trump on trade.

“One faction of GOP senators is pushing Sen. Bob Corker's (R-Tenn.) legislation that would allow Congress to block Trump's tariffs — which Trump is trying to kill before it comes to the Senate floor. Another group is holding private meetings with Trump, hoping it can convince him via back-channel negotiations to back off a brewing trade war with U.S. allies before Congress steps in.

“However this episode ends, Trump’s decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico, Canada and Europe has brought a long-simmering conflict with congressional Republicans to a head. And the party is now fretting that Trump's policies could hurt the economy and divide the GOP just five months before the midterm elections.”

Funny how the current trade policies (that Trump is attempting to change) haven’t been holding the GOP down but trying something new, as Trump suggests, is engendering predictions of doom and ruin from the elites, all of whom are so certain of disaster that they’re willing to publicly campaign against the leader of their own party.

Meanwhile every four years presidential candidates from both parties drone on about how unfair foreign trade practices are and if they’re elected, something will finally be done to make the biggest offenders toe the line. Here, like in most other respects, Trump advanced a promise to the American people and he’s keeping it, not using some lame excuse like “Oh, when I got in office I learned how damaging tariffs would truly be,” or “Well, we decided it’s not the right time to move the embassy to Jerusalem because the Palestinians would revolt.”

Theoretically speaking tariffs by nature are a bad thing – because they’re essentially a tax on people buying economic goods. Foreign governments don’t pay them, American citizens do. But lost amidst the talk of stock market crashes and angry business owners being displaced by higher prices are the benefits to native industries from such “America First” policies. Fostering a healthier manufacturing sector here at home helps lots of people.

Experts, including many respectable ones, argue tariffs are a net loser. History will be the judge on Trump’s moves; since conditions are much different now than they were a hundred years ago (or even five years ago) the past isn’t always predictive of current or future results, especially since our globalist “partners” couldn’t care less about the foundations of the U.S. economy. All China wants to know is how many shoppers are in line to buy their stuff at Walmart.

Politically speaking these Republican naysayers are way off base. Voters care about the overall health of the economy – which is now excellent – and won’t even pay attention to small increases in prices on certain things. What Americans respect is having a president who looks out for their interests and ranks fighting for them above preserving relations with Asian exporters who cheat us, steal our intellectual property and would stab us in the back in an instant rather than extend a helping hand.

What’s more valuable to the party, Bob Corker? The goodwill of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or the affection and appreciation of the grassroots?

And the “allies” the Politico article mentions are just as eager to advance their own interests as we are ours. It comes down to whether the people trust Trump on trade – and most would say he deserves a chance to have his policies work.

Republicans who defy Trump on this (or any other matter) had better tread lightly these days too.
David M. Drucker wrote last week at the Washington Examiner, “Republicans cross President Trump at their peril, as Rep. Martha Roby discovered when primary voters in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District pushed her into a runoff with the former Democrat she ousted in the red wave of 2010.

“Roby, toward the conclusion of the 2016 presidential campaign, lashed Trump for his treatment of women after the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape was publicized during which the leader of the Republican Party bragged about committing actions that amount to sexual assault. Grassroots Republicans, loyal as ever to Trump, never forgot — or forgave.

“’Once you’re tainted as less than 100 percent pure on the Trump scale, that can be used against you in a Republican primary,’ John Couvillon, a GOP pollster from Louisiana who specializes in surveying campaigns in the Deep South, said Wednesday. ‘When you’re talking about being a Republican who is not close enough to the president, that is deadly.’”

Claiming Roby’s 2016 snub of Trump was the sole reason for her close call in this year’s primary is too simple an explanation for the Alabama congresswoman’s troubles. Roby is the epitome of a RINO, always was and the grassroots can’t stand her. Roby has been the target of numerous attempts to unseat her in the state GOP primary (her seat is basically safe in the general election) and here’s thinking there are a large percentage of district voters who wouldn’t vote for her under any circumstances.

Certainly conservatives wouldn’t. People have long memories and Roby has left quite a trail of insults to the limited government cause.

The greater lesson where Trump is concerned is to be mindful of how he now stands for the Republican Party more so than the establishment these days. As Pat Buchanan indicated last week, you might as well stick a fork in the old GOP – it’s dead. Buchanan wrote at The American Conservative, “What would be the argument for returning to a repudiated platform?

“Trump not only defeated 16 Bush Republicans, he presented an agenda on immigration, border security, amnesty, intervention abroad, the Middle East, NAFTA, free trade, Putin and Russia that was a rejection of what the Bush-Boehner Party had stood for and what its presidential candidates in 2008 and 2012, John McCain and Mitt Romney, had run on.

“If the Republican Party is ‘napping,’ let it slumber on, undisturbed, for its time has come and gone. We are in a new world now.”

We certainly are. In Trump’s world we get a reorganized government, new emphasis on battling the establishment and relentless promotion of the America First agenda.

Back when Donald Trump was elected no one predicted draining the swamp would be easy or that everything he did would be popular – even with members of his own party. But change comes slowly and we’re heading in a positive direction. The GOP will never be the same – and that’s a good thing.

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When Trump came to power and won in 2016, the GOP was a total mess. Obviously. Consider: the GOP was so discombobulated that in 2008 it allowed Obama a peacock-strut to power, which was based on so much empty hype that we will be reeling from it for years, hopefully much less. Trump is a godsend, who appeared in spite of the GOP, and thank heaven for that. MAGA.