The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome. Welcome, welcome. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Great to be together and so much to talk about. In a few moments, we will visit with Dick Morris. The great Dick Morris, Author I just was looking back at his writings. He’s got a new book out that’s called The Return. And the return trump’s big 2024. Come back. But he wrote a book back in 2015, 16 time, and it was called Armageddon how Trump Can Beat Hillary. So not a lot of people were saying that in the political class. So it’ll be interesting to hear what he’s saying about Trump 2024. We got a lot to talk about.
We’ll talk with John Schlafly too, and we’ll cover a little bit of the ground on the elections yesterday. On Tuesday, across the country, the primary elections, Arizona, Kansas and I’ll give you the sleeper at the end of the show, I’ll give you the sleeper, number one. I might cover this later in the week, too. The number one race in this country that happened on August 2. The number one race, political result, electoral result, that happened on August 2, you probably didn’t hear much about until I tell you, and I believe one of the future presidents of the United States won his election yesterday to a state level race. So we’ll talk about that in a moment. All right?
But first, what do you need to know today? Look, it’s the dog days of summer in terms of the journalistic class, in terms of the politicians, the swamp is sort of empty. Most of the swamp creatures took their vacation. The Congress, both House and Senate are trying to get out there in for some stuff, but they’re mostly away. Their staffs are taking vacation. The bureaucrats that staff, all the thousands and thousands of desk jobs are away, many of them. So it’s relatively quiet.
And many of you maybe you’re getting ready for back to school and things like that, and kids are getting ready to go off to college, et cetera, et cetera. What you need to know is you got to watch the tea leaves for how they leave little markers, little markers on the ground to show you, almost like a trail. The breadcrumbs, they’re leading breadcrumbs, leading you along, leading you and I along to what they want you to talk about. And one of the reasons why you see articles to sort of think pieces during the dog days of summers, because they work on them in June and July and they’re sort of timeless. They don’t need to actually have much of a hook to write the story, most of the story. So you’ll see profile pieces running, you’ll see different think pieces about topics.
Well, over at Politico is one that I want you to know about. It’s a top. What you need to know. Politico writes a lengthy piece where the first few sentences, maybe the first paragraph allude to the fact that if there was a Trump second term, some of the people that I’ve talked about being in his administration agree with the idea of cutting back on the size and scope of government. In other words, Trump did that with some executive orders.
There’s been some idea of civil service reform. There’s been ideas that some of the public sector unions have too much power. There was a theory until middle of the last century that you didn’t really want to have public sector unions because the public sector union is supposed to be in the public interest. And so if you have teachers unions, if you have bureaucratic unions, how are they negotiating hardball against the public interest? Anyway? We are where we are.
So Politico runs a lengthy piece saying how after this opening, two or three sentence paragraph, they say Trump’s people might do this. And then they go on and with a straight face they argue that America’s safety, our safety, our national security would be imperiled. If any president decided to depoliticize. They call it Politicized. If they politicize the government by getting rid of workers.
Now think about what’s happened in the last 50 years. We’ve seen this growth in government exponential. Number of employees, number of agencies, number of high paid jobs, all of these things. Number of people that make over $100,000 to work for the federal government. Extraordinary. It’s exploded in the last 25 years. We added the Department of Homeland Security, which was thousands and thousands of jobs. We added the EPA back in the late ’70s and then exploded in the ’80s with thousands and thousands of jobs.
Pick an area. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, pick an area. Even old Fauci, Doctor Fauci, look at the explosion in the size and scope of what you would call the health related health policy aspects of the American government. And with a straight face, Politico is arguing, oh boy, these bureaucrats, these bureaucrats who are protected under the civil service rules, they can’t be fired, they can’t be moved. I mean they can, but it’s very difficult. They have all kinds of protections.
If they were imperiled, it would be a threat to our health, our safety, our national security. It’s one of the reasons why I don’t believe that you can do reform within the agencies.
I believe, and I think John F. Kennedy’s administration did some of this because even he was frustrated. Democrats get frustrated with the size of the bureaucratic bureaucracy, less now than Kennedy in the past.
But I think it was Kennedy. And one of the pieces of advice someone gave him around that time was, don’t try to eliminate agencies. It’s too unpopular. Try to merge them. And you merge them and get redundancies. And then when you get redundancies, you say, well, you don’t need two PR departments if you just merge the Housing and Urban Development departments. I don’t think that was a merged one, but you get my point.
But we’re watching and they’re laying down these breadcrumbs.
It’s laying down to get you thinking in a direction and then over time, they’ll now probably go out and get some experts. CNN, MSNBC will pay experts who will now come on the air and say, oh yeah, this could be really bad. If you cut back the tens of thousands of employees at all the different levels of bureaucracy in the government, it could really affect national security.
Oh, yeah, we’re serious. This is a big deal. We need to focus on this.
Here’s what you need to know. The growth of government will never recede on its own. By definition, people don’t want to give up power. The definition of power is not something you want to give up. It takes extraordinary people that give up power.
George Washington is the famous one who walked away from sort of dictatorial power, perhaps. But it’s absolutely stunning to watch Politico write with a straight face how national security is threatened by this idea. So back to what I was saying, what you need to know.
The power will never recede on its own. It has to be done by leaders. It has to be done by people that want to do it.
Sometimes it’s done by crisis, right? If there’s a crisis and the government couldn’t afford it, in other nations, that happens more frequently than here. You suddenly couldn’t afford to pay all these people, you’d change your dynamic, the dynamic.
But just watch again, what you need to know is see these little tea leaves? See the breadcrumb trail that’s being laid for all of us to be understanding what they want us to understand.
I bet you, and I will bet you, that in the next six months there will be a study or the office of Inspector General of some entity will come out with something that says, hey, if we change this or that in terms of civil service, it would cause real peril. I guarantee that’s coming.
They all build on each other’s bread crumbs.
All right, we got to run. We’re going to talk with Dick Morris and then John Schlafly. We’ll take a break and be right back. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Back in a moment.