According to a report published on Friday by Axios, former President Donald Trump’s probable return to the White House would involve an endeavor to rid the federal government of the unaccountable administrative state that develops and oversees a sizable amount of far-left legislation.
In order to rein in unelected technocrats in federal government agencies who have significant influence over policies affecting American workers, Trump is reportedly proposing to lay off around 50,000 administrative state officials if reelected in 2024.
The research stated that “The impact could go well beyond typical conservative targets such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service.Trump allies are working on plans that would potentially strip layers at the Justice Department — including the FBI, and reaching into national security, intelligence, the State Department and the Pentagon, sources close to the former president say.”
The phenomena of unaccountable and unelected administrative agencies using their authority to make and enforce their own regulations is precisely described by the term “administrative state.”
The administrative state establishes a purported fourth department of government that was not authorized by the Constitution in order to essentially usurp the division of powers between the three parts of government. The administrative state is made up of about 2 million workers in federal agencies. The administrative state has been referred to as the “swamp” by Trump.
Trump signed an executive order (EO) to reclassify federal employees into Schedule F before he left office in 2021. This would have allowed the president to improve job performance and accountability within the bureaucratic agencies.
“Unfortunately, the Government’s current performance management is inadequate, as recognized by Federal workers themselves. “For instance, the 2016 Merit Principles Survey reveals that less than a quarter of Federal employees believe their agency addresses poor performers effectively,” according to the EO.
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President Joe Biden canceled the order when he assumed office. But if Trump runs and wins in 2024, the former president is reportedly intending to reimplement the EO and purge the unelected technocrats artificially running the federal government.
“It would effectively upend the modern civil service, triggering a shock wave across the bureaucracy,” Axios concluded about the EO’s impact.