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The Pandemic And The Economy

With various workplaces being impacted by shutdown orders at the state level (even with some of them being fully or partially lifted), small businesses receiving government loans, and stimulus checks being issued because of this pandemic, the economy has taken a hit.  And although solutions are being proposed to get the economy back on track, there still is the issue of the national debt. And with that in mind, I recommend my plan of cut spending and start selling, just as I have done so in the past.

The following Agencies, Boards, Commissions, etc. can be sold to the private sector:   African Development Foundation, AMTRAK (National Railroad Passenger Corporation), Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, Broadcasting Board of Governors (International Broadcasting Bureau, a.k.a. Radio & TV Marti), Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Inter-American Foundation, James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Morris K. Udall & Stewart L. Udall Foundation (Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Science Foundation, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Peace Corps, Smithsonian Institution, Social Security Administration, Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership, Tennessee Valley Authority, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, United States Postal Service (and its monopoly on mail delivery to be eliminated), United States Agency for International Development, United States Trade and Development Agency, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

In addition, the following government departments, agencies, etc. can be abolished:  Department of Education, Department of Energy, Transportation Security Agency (TSA {which can be replaced with private security companies}), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Corporation for National & Community Service, Council on Environmental Quality, Export-Import Bank of the United States, Federal Election Commission, Federal Energy Regulation Commission, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), Federal Reserve System, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission*, Internal Revenue Service, Legal Services Corporation, Medicaid and Chip Access Commission, Medicare Advisory Payment Commission, National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare*, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform*, Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation*, Postal Regulatory Commission,  Presidential Commission on Election Administration*, Small Business Administration, Social Security Advisory Board, Vietnam Education Foundation*,  White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance*, White House Council for Community Solutions*, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders*.

In addition, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement shall be abolished and replaced by their predecessor (the Immigration & Naturalization Service), and the duty of customs enforcement shall be transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

All offices of Czars, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims can also be abolished, and their duties given to the District and Circuit Courts.

Meanwhile, the District of Columbia can acquire the Commission on Fine Arts, National Capital Planning Commission, and the Court Services & Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia.  The City of San Francisco can acquire the Presidio Trust, while the State of Alaska can acquire the Denali Commission.

Such changes would reduce the size of the federal government and the national debt.  And needless to say, it would give the economy a boost.

Note: the White House Council on Women and Girls and the White House Office of Urban Affairs were disbanded under the Trump Administration, while those organizations marked with an asterisk (*) indicates that their status is unclear.

Andrew Linn

Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to and Right Impulse Media.

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