Is Washington Working?

Last night I had this train of thought run through my head.

Since he has been elected President Trump appears to be ‘getting things done’ by Executive Order. Each day that goes by he’s signed E-O’s to make things happen. And the media dotes on this. And on his tweets. And on scrutinizing and questioning what his Press Secretary says next.

Then a little voice says “But sooner or later he has to work together with Congress and get things actually done, doesn’t he?”

Which left me wondering if they, Congress, are sitting there spellbound like the rest of the world waiting to see what he does next. What he says or tweets next.

And then I mentally ‘stepped back’ and thought about the Government as a whole.

He has fired every Ambassador and as far as I know replacements aren’t ready and on their way to embassies in foreign lands.

He’s put a hiring freeze on for civil service positions. And he has transition teams visiting all these government departments looking for cost cutting measures and means. Imagine what its like to be in one of those offices when that hatchet team arrives . . .

He’s put a stop to external communications by government departments primarily because he doesn’t like it when they counter the ‘alternative reality’ he appears to live in.

I remember when our little town had its last election and the new administration spent its first couple of months embattled with the community and morale at city hall got bad. People were worried about what might happen next and not a lot of forward progress was made during that time. Mistakes were made by people under stress. It was a dark time down at City Hall.

So with the Chill that Trump and friends have thrown into the Civil Service and the distraction He has become I was left wondering how well Washington is working these days . . .

UPDATE: Just 2 days after posing this question I see this headline in the Washington Post: The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned
This is not good. Not good for the USA and since the USA is not alone in this world it’s Not Good for the rest of us either. I understand the feelings that might be pushing people to these actions but I have to ask Who will they be replaced with?
This may not be the only department of the government where this will happen. If good people with professional credentials are replaced ‘in a hurry’ how do we know their replacements will stand up for the truth, and all of America, and not simply be following Executive Orders?
At what point will otherwise law abiding working people completely stop trusting their government? Stop paying into it? Stop obeying it?
If all the non-sycophants turn their backs on government then the vacuum they leave behind will be filled with those whose only real qualification is following orders – yes-people . . . that’s not a prescription for a well functioning government that represents the best interests of the people. It’s not a government for the people, by the people.


About xamble

Most things I do involve computers. Nowadays that sounds stupid to hear because everyone uses computers. Except I was saying that before the IBM PC came on the scene. (hint: my first programs were entered on punch cards in an IBM-29) Now I mostly use them. Mostly to provide a community service in my small town. Because I could when it was asked and still can. And I'm a wannabe writer. Various books in various states of incompleteness. A few short stories. Might do more of that.
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1 Response to Is Washington Working?

  1. Good question! Will this be like putting diesel into a gas engine, or more like converting your car to run on vegetable oil. Either way, things are different and not likely to revert.

    I caught a bit of his interview on ABC last night. He still doesn’t seem to have a clue what he’s gotten himself into. My kingdom for a peek at his internet search history for the last 30 days. 😊

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