We’re winding down weekly law blogs. Next week will be the last one that will be published every week…not that I won’t have any more law blogs but they just won’t be on a weekly basis.
So what am I going to suggest this week? Well I have suggested a few departments be disbanded. Now if you noticed the theme, I would argue that most of the departments should just be disbanded, with their few useful functions either handed to the remaining departments, given to the states, or simply privatized. Now we’ve covered Transportation , Education , HUD , the Post Office , the TSA and the USDA.
But that still doesn’t cover a lot. Why doesn’t it cover a lot? Well take a look at the current U.S. Executive Branch.
This would be the definition of madness. And technically one man controls all of that. I don’t care it if it’s Obama, Bush or George Washington risen from the grave. No one can possibly lead all of that or should be trusted with all of that.
So I suggest we just get rid of most of it. The federal government should be there to protect our Constitutional rights, police crimes that cross borders, defend the national borders, resolves conflicts between states and a few other things that are too big for individual states to do. Most of what’s on that list does not fall into the area of things states can’t be trusted to do.
In fact Congress should make it its job to make this look more like this:
You’ll notice that only the Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Justice and Homeland are left. And quite frankly if I had my way Justice would be all the legal ins and out and Homeland would have the FBI and all other federal police forces (ATF, DEA, ICE, etc) all rolled into that large FBI–it frightens me that numerous organizations are out there with the same purpose to catch criminals which results in numerous overlaps, wasteful spending and of course turf wars. Also can we please change the name of Homeland Security? It’s the dumbest name ever. It’s sounds like Fatherland or Motherland (remind me which two countries referred to their nations that way). How about Department of Internal Security. That way you have a federal police force (Internal Security) and a federal prosecutor (Justice) without the two being the same department (you know how every city, county and state does it).
But as to the Departments I will be getting rid of, I will be brief (If you would like a full justification of why just about everything in that Department needs to be destroyed, I will be more than happy to write a whole blog for each request).
Scrap the Department of Transportation: Last week I had a blog saying infrastructure needs to be handed over to the state, that’s most of the Department there…the only thing that’s left and of value is the FFA and that can be regulated by Internal Security but mainly it just needs to be privatized
The Department of Energy serves no useful federal function other the fact that they hold all the nuclear stuff. Defense and Internal Security can handle those.
The Department of Commerce is entirely unconstitutional right now, but the commerce clause needs to be clarified so even a liberal can understand it only applies to commerce that crosses state borders. Its only useful parts are the Census Bureau and Patent Office (which can just be operated as independent federal offices), and NOAA which can be privatized.
Health and Human Services is not the concern of the federal government (FDA can be privatized, CDC over to the Department of Internal Defense)
Department of Interior…utterly useless…especially Indian Affairs. The states can clearly handle all of this.
Department of sucking up to unions…I mean the Dept of Labor…does nothing relevant, kill it.
The Department of Veterans Affairs can be rolled back into Defense. I think people in the Pentagon will care a hell of a lot more for veterans than bureaucrats in an office.
And then of course there are a lot of independent agencies I’m getting rid of. I’m not going into all of them but here are a few highlights.
- Kill the Peace Corp…if we didn’t send them all to Iraq and Afghanistan to help rebuild those places why the hell do we have them? They serve no legitimate function.
- Kill NASA and let the private sector take over. We’ll be on Mars before the next generation if we let the private sector take over…we’ll never get anywhere if we let government continue to handle this.
- Kill the African Development Foundation…really, does it look like we know what we’re doing with this?
- Kill the Foundation on the arts and humanities…again this is a private concern.
- Privatize Amtrak
- Kill the National Science Foundation…again this should be a private concern. Not to mention that this thing has become a liberal propaganda wing.
- Kill OSHA…Two or three times just to be safe, and burn the buildings…I think all the employees should be put in jail (solitary for life) just to be safe, and probably have the bodies burned after they die to make sure they don’t come back. No government office is as harmful to business, worker happiness and safety as this office which had to have been imagined in the 10th level of hell.
- Office of Government Ethics…Huh? Try not laugh when reading that.
- Selective Service System…yeah we have a volunteer system now…and if it wasn’t too hard to set up in WWII it won’t be too difficult to set up again if we need it.
- Small Business Administration…you know how best to help Small Businesses? Stop having an administration that constantly gets in their way. Kill this thing too.
- Social Security…I think I’ve been clear that we need to phase that out completely.
- Why is the TVA still around?
- US Commission on Civil Rights…if there is a real civil rights violation then that’s the domain of the Justice Department so you don’t need this redundant excuse.
- Office of Drug Control Policy…uh-huh, and that’s worked so well…
Yes there are legitimate functions of the federal government. But right now it is overstepping those functions, usually at the price of those functions. The states and the private sector can handle a lot of these things more efficiently, cheaper, with less corruption, less paperwork and at a greater benefit to the public.