President Trump Needs to Clear Out All the Obama Holdovers

Written by Michael Cummings on August 11, 2017

In January of 2001, the Heritage Foundation’s Robert E. Moffit championed the phrase, “Personnel is policy” — meaning if the people working for you don’t share your values and dedication, you won’t accomplish your goals.

In a piece for Heritage, Moffit wrote suggestions to then-President-Elect George W. Bush on how to transition a new administration so the proposals made during the campaign could more easily be accomplished. Here are a few:
• Move quickly to nominate Assistant Secretaries and to ensure the rapid appointment of Deputy Assistant Secretaries and non-career senior executives
• Resist advice to leave careerists in top spots during the first days of his Administration
• Hire non-career personnel on the basis of their commitment to his policy agenda
• The new President and his team should recognize the tendency of every outgoing Administration, whether Democratic or Republican, to try to “burrow” non-career, or political, appointees into career positions

According to Mark Levin, when Ronald Reagan took office he cleared out every single Carter appointee. Why? Were these people criminals? No, but they were Democrats working under a new, Republican administration. By their ideology alone, they had to go. Wise men knew then but don’t seem to know now: You can’t promote conservative policy with a team of leftists.

Yes, we all know Donald Trump is not a conservative. Only in recent memory did he become a Republican. But the fact that he has let Obama-appointed careerists sit fat and happy in their jobs is destructive to his causes, and unnecessary. So while Trump is doing good things like signing more legislation into law than his three predecessors, reducing the federal workforce by 11,000 people, and rapidly recovering more ground from ISIS than Obama, what the American people care about – mostly those who voted for him – is Trump fulfilling his campaign promises like building the Wall,
abandoning Common Core, repealing Obamacare entirely, and fully defunding Planned Parenthood.

The other achievements are important, but think of what Trump could accomplish with a federal staff in line with his policies. How much conservative policy – Trump policy for the sake of argument – do you think will get implemented with Obama acolytes holding down the fort?

Another thing: Consider the Clinton Global Initiative, which made Bill and Hillary Clinton enormously wealthy while she was Secretary of State. If Barack Obama’s sycophants are still working the register at 1600 Trump Ave, do you suppose favors might be given even if Obama no longer holds any power? Would Obama’s latest speaking fee of $400,000 and a $65 million book deal be indicators that he still moves some of the levers within our government?

Despite the napalm-grade dumpster fire that is the Democrat party, they still might get back in the Whitehouse. When that happens, all the soft tyrant has to do is take his executive order pen to everything Trump is doing now.

Clean house, drain the swamp, whatever you call it: Get rid of everything from the Obama administration.

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Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.