D.C. has been suffering “Swamp Disease” for a very long time and it’s been slowly killing the host – The United States, without pause and without challenge. Until now.
Upon hearing of HHS Secretary Tom Price’s taxpayer funded private air travel abuses the President’s decision was swift: “YOU’RE FIRED.” Price was sent packing as he was guilty of “Swamp Disease” something this current president has little patience for. (It’s also a big reason why POTUS Trump is so despised in D.C. – he threatens the longtime gravy train.)
That firing is but one small battle in an ongoing war, though. It’s a war many believe Trump can’t win. They might be right, but for now, POTUS doesn’t appear to be giving up just yet. Let’s hope he continues to fight.
Ned Ryun put it this way:
…2016 was really about the American working class waking up to the fact that our system of government — supposedly of the people, by the people and for the people — is not working to benefit them, but rather a small ruling class made up of Republicans, Democrats, and their special interest cronies and corrupt consultants.
As this system devolves, the outcome will be despotism — smiling statism or velvet despotism, but despotism nonetheless. Many of us pay taxes at a rate exceeding 50 percent when federal, state, local, food and gas taxes are combined. Yet many in Washington, D.C. have a mindset of “separate but equal,” in which they feel more entitled and more enlightened than the great unwashed masses out in the hinterlands who fund their pay and egregious behavior.
…Donald Trump ran on draining the swamp, on rejecting the status quo and business as usual. While I presume Price was given the choice to either resign or be fired, I would tell the president this: Tom Price’s (presumably forced) resignation does not guarantee future change. Price’s behavior is merely a symptom of “Swamp Disease.”
What Trump must immediately do, through an Executive Order, is lay down stronger guidelines, standards and practices as to how his Executive Branch and Cabinet members spend taxpayer dollars and government resources. This will not only set the tone for this administration, but will help change the behavior of future administrations. There will be hell to pay for any president who might revoke that order.
In the end, we want public servants, not elected officials, and there is a massive difference between the two. So Mr. President, don’t just address the symptoms of “Swamp Disease.” Cure the disease.