The words “drain the swamp” echoed through many a convention center during Donald Trump’s conquest for the highest office in the land. For better or worse, the phrase is now commonplace in the American lexicon, serving as a battle cry for those who feel ignored and betrayed by their elected officials on Capitol Hill.
While then-candidate Trump’s message was referring to career politicians and the stereotypes of smoke-filled back rooms, the legislature is just the tip of the bureaucratic iceberg. At least at the end of every two and six year periods, the American people can chose a new congressman or senator. To truly drain the swamp, the White House needs to take a serious look at addressing the ever-growing class of political appointees — the administrative state.
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