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It was Bannons nihilistic joke to fill posts with the least qualified people, or funnier yet, with people who had a hostile track record regarding the very posts to which they were appointed. Bannon wants to destroy democracies, which allows rule-by-chaos, and eventual far-right fascist rule. (The U.S. is currently teetering somewhere between chaos and fascism.)
When (if?) this all plays out, I believe that Steve Bannon will be known as one of the worlds worst enemies of democracy. Hes been in contact with every country that currently has a reactionary right-wing nationalist government or presence: Russia (obviously), Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and more recently, Brazil.
Steve Bannon Says Trumps Cabinet Picks Are Intended to Deconstruct Regulation and Agencies
David Z. Morris
February 25, 2017
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said that President Trumps cabinet picks are aimed at deconstruction of the administrative state, meaning weakening regulatory agencies and other bureaucratic entities.
The way the progressive left runs, is if they cant get it passed, theyre just going to put in some sort of regulation in an agency, Bannon continued. Thats all going to be deconstructed and I think thats why this regulatory thing is so important.
President Trumps critics have noted that at least some of his Cabinet picks seem uniquely unsuited to their roles. Scott Pruitt, recently confirmed as head of the EPA, had previously challenged its regulations in more than a dozen suits. Trumps initial pick for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, operated a company that depended on low wages and faced allegations of labor abuse. Puzders nomination was scuttledby the discovery that he had employed at least one undocumented immigrant.
Trumps FCC chairman and energy secretary have also been critics of the very agencies theyre now tasked with managing. Rick Perry, Trumps pick for energy secretary, famously called to eliminate the department while running for President in 2011.
Putting anti-regulation chairs at the top of regulatory bodies is nothing new for conservative administrationsGeorge W. Bushs EPA administrator Stephen Johnson, for instance, pushed back against staff recommendations and slackened enforcement. As the saying goes, elections have consequences, and lightening the regulatory load on businesses is a pillar of modern Republican doctrine.
Whats remarkable here, though, is Bannons framing of these moves as more anti-state than pro-business. The CPAC comments about deconstruction are a toned-down version of startling statements made last August to the Daily Beast. Bannon impishly declared himself a Leninist, saying that the Soviet leader wanted to destroy the state, and thats my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of todays establishment.
Its not a stretch to see Bannons comments reflected not only in Trumps cabinet picks, but in his slow progress in filling hundreds of lower-level cabinet positions. Until theyre filled, those positions are staffed by temporary administrators with reduced power, leaving enforcement and other matters in limbo.
Unpredictability has been baked into Trumps campaign since the beginning. Almost a year ago Trump spoke with the Washington Post on foreign policy, stating I always say we have to be unpredictable .predictable is bad. While some now see destructive chaos in the White House, Trump recently boasted that the White House is running so smoothly at his rally in Melbourne, Florida. Bannons comments suggest that chaos may, in fact, be part of the Trump administrations agenda.