Donald Trump vs. the Deep State, 7/4
Jeffrey Tucker on an attempted executive order
Trump came to office promising to drain the swamp but it was very late in his term before he figured out the means at his disposal to do just that. His final effort took place merely two weeks before the election that was decided in favor of his opponent Biden, who quickly reversed this action just two days following the deadline of an ordered review that would have reclassified, and thus gained control over, a sizable portion of the administrative state.
The order to which Tucker refers would have reclassified many government workers so that the President has the power to fire them. I am not sure that this is necessary or sufficient to turn around the bureaucracy.
It may not be necessary, because most government workers will not resist authority. They keep doing what they’ve always done not to be defiant but mostly because no one is telling them to do otherwise. The President’s problem is that he cannot pay attention to all of the little nooks and crannies of the executive branch. A strong COO, who could appoint strong heads of departments, would have a better chance.
The power to fire is not worth much unless you have highly capable executives in place. I don’t believe that Donald Trump has the ability to attract and retain the sort of executives who you would need to make a difference in Washington. And I don’t think that any President has the time and focus to accomplish it without a COO.