Governmental chaos: Keep calm and carry on, it’s all normal

The U.S. Government is a deliberative democracy, and Congress' role is to argue. And fail. And then succeed. But in the ends, it's best for America.


WASHINGTON, July 30, 2017 – The Main Stream Media is having a field day over the supposed chaos in the White House following a week that started with Scaramucci and Spicer, the President’s dissatisfaction tweets about AG Jeff Sessions, the departure of Chief of Staff Reince Preibus and moving General John Kelly from the Department of Homeland Security to the Oval office.

But is this type of reorganization really that headline inducing?

General John Kelly’s new role as Chief of Staff 

While the MSM is making a big deal over the chaos at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the MSM, has failed to note what the President has accomplished in his first six months that includes, among other things:

  • The US Stock Markets are at record highs and millions of Americans are benefitting in their retirement savings accounts.
  • The US Debt has decreased under President Trump by -$103 Billion. (President Obama increased the US debt in his first 6 months more than $974 Billion or nearly $1 Trillion.)  The difference between Presidents Trump and Obama’s impact is more than $1 Trillion.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate since President Trump’s inauguration decreased from 4.8% to 4.4% (January through June 2017). Under President Obama, the US unemployment rate increased each month from 7.8% in January 2009 to 9.5% by June of 2009.
  • The US Census Bureau has reported there were nearly twice as many US housing sales in the past couple of months as there were under President Obama in 2009 during the same time period.
  • In January President Trump signed his 2 for 1 executive order mandating that for every new regulation, two regulations needed to be revoked; new federal regulations since Trump’s inauguration have slowed to an almost total halt, reducing, if not staying, the size of government for the first time in a long time.
  • The US Manufacturing Index soared to a 33 year high in President Trump’s first six months, the highest since 1983 under President Reagan.
  • The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates three times since President Trump was elected into office in November. The Fed increased interest rates only once in Obama’s 8 Years prior to the increase after President Trumps winning the election in November.
  • Illegal immigration is down almost 70% under President Trump.
  • NATO announced Allied spending is up $10 Billion because of President Trump.
  • Constitutionalist Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed and sworn in as  Supreme Court Justice..

And all this was done in addition to more than 150 Executive Orders, some great, some small that include:

  •  Dismantling Obama’s climate change initiatives.
  • Travel bans for individuals from a select number of countries embroiled in terrorist atrocities.
  • Enforcing regulatory reform.
  • Protecting Law enforcement.
  • Mandating for every new regulation to eliminate two.
  • Defeating ISIS.
  • Rebuilding the military.
  • Building a border wall.
  • Cutting funding for sanctuary cities.
  • Approving pipelines.
  • Placing a hiring freeze on federal employees.
  • Exiting the US from the TPP.

Whether you agree with the administration’s policies or not, they have been busy, and effective. And looking at the list, it is little wonder that Reince Preibus may have needed a break. While the MSM is ignoring what the President and his administration, which is still light thanks to those obstructionist Democrats, have accomplished, the turmoil in the White House, and the Senate, is business as normal.

Our Government is a Deliberative Democracy which means that, for a democratic decision to be legitimate, it must be preceded by authentic deliberation, among decision-makers that is free from distortions of unequal political power, such as power a decision-maker obtained through economic wealth or the support of interest groups.

In a Deliberative Democracy, when the decision-makers cannot reach consensus after authentically deliberating on a proposal, then they vote on the proposal using a form of majority rule. 

But first comes the deliberation, where our elected representatives get a chance to voice their opinions, on behalf of their constituency. But this, albeit messy, form of governance, was designed to bring forth the best result for the American people.

Pictures of our founding fathers, gathered in Philadelphia with walking sticks and powdered wigs, arguing over what is best for America, illustrate that well.

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German philosopher, Jürgen Habermas‘ work on communicative rationality and the public sphere that is often referred to in conversations over deliberative democracy, however, the true roots are traced to the philosopher Aristotle whose thoughts outlined that politics and rhetoric are about the collective deliberate choices by the polity. Politics is about making these choices well so that the good life of all citizens is optimally secured while rhetoric, the nonstop discussions, and clamoring, is the principal means to do this.

Politics is about making these choices well so that the good life of all citizens is optimally secured while rhetoric, the nonstop discussions, and clamoring, is the principal means to do this.

And right now the Anti-Trump rhetoric, despite the positive forward movement coming for our top leadership, is skewing the politics.  But really, it’s just business as normal, something that MSM pundits, liberals, and Democrats are too conveniently forgetting, as they are wont to do when the truth does not fit their narrative.

In October 2010, The Guardian wrote:

More senior White House staff are to leave in the next few months, adding to the high exit rate from President Barack Obama’s administration.

Political analysts attribute the attrition rate to exhaustion, but Republican opponents blame disarray inside the White House, with an insular team responsible for too many policy failures.

The imminent departures include those of defence [sic] secretary Robert Gates, who has said he hopes to retire early next year, and Obama’s senior White House adviser, David Axelrod, who is planning a return to his home town of Chicago early next year to concentrate on planning for Obama’s 2012 re-election bid.

The White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, has been mentioned in the past few weeks in connection with a range of jobs, including White House adviser or chairman of the Democratic national committee, which runs the party.

This follows the departure of the national security adviser, General James Jones, after less than two years in office, as well as almost the entire economics team, of whom Peter Orszag and Christina Romer have already gone. Larry Summers is due to return to Harvard before the end of the year. The chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, left last month to stand for mayor of Chicago.

In June of 2014, the Obama White House was still in a bit of an uproar and HuffPo wrote White House Staff Upheaval Actually Quite Normal, Say Former Bush, Clinton Officials

Two weeks ago, he accepted the resignation of his Veterans Affairs secretary, Eric Shinseki, amid reports of misconduct at the agency. Hours later, he stood at the same podium and said his press secretary, Jay Carney, was stepping down.

The loss of those key players — who both served under Obama’s presidency since its beginning — comes after other recent transitions in the administration’s highest ranks. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned in April, following the bumpy rollout of Obamacare, and Kathryn Ruemmler, one of the longest-serving members of Obama’s legal counsel, left in May.

To the casual observer, and perhaps to the delight of Obama’s critics, the departures may suggest a White House engulfed in chaos. The administration has certainly been on the defensive lately, scrambling to remedy problems in the VA system, fighting to keep a focus on successes of the president’s health care law, and appeasing lawmakers furious over a secret swap of a U.S. prisoner of war for five Taliban captives.

But previous West Wing denizens see things differently: Shinseki may have been a casualty of scandal, but the spike in resignations makes sense for a White House team heading into its final stretch.

“There is a burnout phase and very few that remain an entire two terms,” said Anita McBride, former chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush and special assistant for White House Management under President George W. Bush. “Either you have fulfilled what you can contribute to the overall agenda, you’re just pure and simple tired, or financially you can’t afford to do it anymore. Or, the president can no longer be confident that you are the best person for the job.”

Looking back at what has been accomplished by the Trump administration, the similar woes of the Obama administration and understanding that we are governed by a “deliberative body” in Congress, which can support or hamstring the president’s agenda, its quite simple to see that despite all the bickering and the supposed inefficiency of Washington, DC, it is business as normal, just the way it’s been since 1776.

Hard news specifics provided by linked resources, The Guardian and the HuffPo.


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