Consider the Parable of the Central Park Skating Rink.
“Once upon a time there was an ice skating rink in Central Park that could no longer make ice. No one could figure out how to fix the skating rink. Years went by and millions of dollars were spent and still no ice. One day a white knight wearing a bright red tie showed up and said: ‘Let there be ice!’ Four months later there was ice.”
The city of New York had dumped $13 million into trying to repair the Wollman Skating Rink. Donald Trump stepped in and did the job for just over $2 million. Did he know anything about ice skating? By all reports, he simply said, “Canadians skate a lot. They know how to make ice rinks. Go get me a Canadian!” He spoke and it was so. He commanded and it stood fast.
Trump, however, is not a Creator. He knows publicity and he knows how to get experts who can take care of the tasks he wants to have done. While this worked well in Central Park, it did not serve him well in the White House. You see, personnel IS policy.
Early on, you could see this in the parade of Chiefs of Staff in the White House. Trump won as a Republican so, presumably, the Chairman of the Republican Party would be a good choice. But Reince Priebus turned out to be an establishment creature. Maybe a general could whip the office into shape? But John Kelly worked against Trump’s initiatives. Mick Mulvaney turned out to be an excellent Chief of Staff, but being double hatted made for too much work, and Mark Meadows took over. The last two actually supported Trump, rather than being part of the “Swamp” that Trump was elected to drain. …
Ron DeSantis is looking good:
Contrast this with Ron DeSantis, my home state governor. He guided Florida through this [covid] mess with near-brilliance. He never railed against people who spoke out against him. He just studied the medical literature and, after conferring with experts, made expert decisions. They lauded him for doing his homework. He didn’t just say, “You’re the expert, tell me what I should do.” He conferred and made thoroughly informed decisions. …
Ron DeSantis has proven himself to be the “non-Trump” Trump. He stands for the America First agenda and gets a lot of it done. He doesn’t take crap from opponents but refuses to engage in petty squabbles. When challenged, he gives as good as he gets. But will he be effective in the White House?
My guess is that he’ll be far more effective than Donald Trump. Ron understands that personnel is policy. You can’t just call for experts. You must be prepared to tell them to stop trying to baffle you with B***S***.
Then there are a few things that must happen on day one.
First, all people in every bureaucracy for at least three levels down from the top need to be given their walking papers. They are too infected to be saved. At the same time, any with security clearances need to have those yanked. If they aren’t in government, they don’t need them. And without those clearances, they can’t go on MSLSD or CNNLOL to trash you with inside information. Any books they try to write should be given the same treatment that Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act requests get. “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.” While I’m on FOIAs, every department needs to be given a specific direction to honor all FOIAs post haste, or heads will roll.
Now comes the fun. While the manifestly unconstitutional Civil Service Act creates a lot of headaches, there’s one thing that can be done immediately. All “civil servants” who have been employed for longer than, let’s say, five years, must be reassigned, preferably to an office at least a thousand miles from their present station. This “stirring” will lead to a mass exodus of federal employees, most of whom should not be replaced. This is crucially important in the DC area. Those people cultivate news and business contacts so they can be enriched when they leave Uncle Sugar’s employ. And, as before, all security clearances must be suspended or revoked upon separation from government service.
Finally, President DeSantis needs to identify which “Republicans” cry loudest. Their districts, along with those of the most powerful Democrats, should immediately receive “Most Disfavored Nation” status when it comes to government contracts. This is fully legal and will cut the opposition off at the knees. Dems have made an art form of funding their friends without making it look like bribes. We can give them a taste of their own medicine.
Donald Trump was very transactional and didn’t become expert in enough areas to effectively drain the Swamp. Ron DeSantis is unlikely to make the same mistakes.
If the Republicans ever win another presidential election.