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Let’s Make a Deal

April 8, 2017

The White House has moved quickly to repeal the former Administration’s executive orders, restrict Muslim immigration and commenced a series of high level meetings with foreign heads of state concluding yesterday with a meeting with the President of the People’s Republic of China.

Few, if any nominations of key offices in Cabinet Agencies of the federal government have been made and, apparently, President Trump plans a lean administration of government focused on the White House and “advisors” sent to Cabinet Agencies who report directly to the White House.

The President of the United States has chosen to go around the organization of Departments of the U.S. Government that have grown like mushrooms since the New Deal and run things from his hip pocket, like a family business. His son-in-law and one daughter have been given key White House roles and President Trump settled in to govern the American government like a business, and many key White House appointments have been filled with former executives of a New York investment bank.

Acting intuitively and with little reference to established procedures, the President watches cable news programming, issues “Tweets” from his smart phone and ordered the Defense Department to carry out an attack on a Syrian military installation.

The President had seen footage of children, and even babies, who were killed by Syrians using Saran gas and decided that the U.S. had to respond.

That response was in the national interest, the President said, though no foreign or defense policies have been formulated to articulate what the President believes the national interest is. Moreover, using military force against the Syrian regime was not in the national interest a week or even three days ago.

Hold your breath. This is just the beginning of government by whim, maybe even a television series using real people and real military forces called “Let’s Make a Deal.”





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