President Obama’s top liaison to federal departments and agencies Chris Lu responded to President Trump’s request for input from the public on what agencies to cut by proposing eliminating the White House.
Trump is searching for a way to ostensibly “make the Federal government more efficient, effective, and accountable to you,” so really, Chris Lu has a point. Lu knows of what he speaks.
Lu was the Deputy secretary of labor in the Obama Administration, White House cabinet secretary and assistant to President Obama, Executive director of the Obama-Biden Transition Project and Deputy chief counsel, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Want a better functioning government? Get rid of the White House.
Here’s his probably tongue in cheek but logical tweet:
— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) April 15, 2017
The Trump White House put this out to the public, “On March 13th, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order that will make the Federal government more efficient, effective, and accountable to you, the American people. This Executive Order directs the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to present the President with a plan that recommends ways to reorganize the executive branch and eliminate unnecessary agencies.
President Trump wants to hear your ideas and suggestions on how the government can be better organized to work for the American people.
Share your ideas below by June 12th!”
Trump’s priorities on cutting spending seem focused on cutting things that help the poor and the average American. For example, the money to cover the cost of President Trump’s vacations to his private resort in Florida has to come from somewhere, and according to those monitoring his travel the $25 million that Trump has spent going to Florida would pay for 9 thousand meals on wheels for the vulnerable.
Trump is also taking money from kids who are missing to cover his extra security costs.
And his Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is taking millions from education to fund additional security for herself, to the tune of a million dollars a month.
At the request of Elizabeth Warren and Elijah Cummings, a government watchdog committee has initiated an investigation into possible conflicts of interest, financing and foreign conflicts during President Donald Trump’s transition. Based on this, just imagine the conflicts of interest happening right now in the White House, with Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s properties around the world. It boggles the mind. The Trump White House is currently refusing to release the visitor logs for the White House , laughably citing “grave national security risks and privacy concerns.”
The Trump incompetencies thus far include – but are not limited to – a botched Yemen raid, a failed Obamacare repeal and replace bill, a failed Muslim ban, a failed and expensive strike on Syria, threats to attack North Korea (these are walked back, denied, and then taken back at the same Trump level of fickle that is becoming the norm so it’s anyone’s guess but reads like Trump threatened and then learned, as is his way), expensive deployment of “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan that also achieved nothing, and on and on — the list is too long to innumerate and he’s only been in office since July 19th.
Donald Trump came into office knowing zilch about government, and it shows. But that’s not really the problem. All presidents face a learning curve and deserve a little room to stretch and grow.
Trump’s problem is he doesn’t think anyone else has information he should include in his decision making process. Over and over again, he demonstrates the Trump Doctrine of Act Now, Ask Later. For example, Trump accused President Obama of wiretapping him, without knowing anything about the actual wiretapping process. He only asked about that process after the press balked at his baseless accusation, and it was pointed out that if the collections were legal, that said bad things about Trump or his associates due to the requirements to obtain a FISA warrant. Reportedly, there were multiple FISA warrants on Trump adviser Carter Page, for working as an agent of a foreign government (hi, Putin!).
It would certainly make the federal government more efficient, effective, and accountable to you if the Trump White House were eliminated. Of course, then we would be stuck with the Republican congress, and that’s not looking too accountable to the people. But who knows. The midterms loom, and if the people get organized and refuse to be treated like serfs to the Trump family mafia style dictatorship, it’s possible a little sanity could be introduced back to Congress.
Chris Lu with an Obama level mic drop: Eliminate the Trump White House. Hey, they asked for feedback.