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Good Government Solution: Get Rid of Whole Departments

President Obama continues to be a busy little government beaver. He’s installing minions in all parts of the government that will have made and now, will continue to make, life hard for people. Via Watchdog’s Ashe Show, here’s an example:

On Dec. 15, with just two months left in his term, President Barack Obama made several appointments to key administration posts, including two individuals to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Both of these appointments are for a six-year term, and both will create challenges for incoming President Donald Trump if he wants to fix some civil rights problems in this country.

Obama appointed the Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, Catherine Lhamon, and defense attorney Debo Adegbile to be commissioners on the Civil Rights commission. Most of the media has simply ignored the appointments, the Left has praised them and right-leaning outlets have focused heavily or exclusively on Adegbile. While Adegbile certainly has his share of problems, I can say that at the very least the man likely believes in due process.

The same cannot be said of Lhamon, who has been instrumental in eroding due process protections on college campuses. Lhamon co-authored the infamous 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, which severely limited accused students’ due process rights when suspected of sexual assault or harassment. This letter is not legally binding, but it effectively carries the force of law because if schools don’t comply they face being named publicly as under investigation for not creating safe environments for students, and risk losing federal funding if they refuse to change their policies. (Other departments’ investigations are not so public, and no school has dared risk a loss of funding).

So what’s the solution to these types of intractable problems? Simple. Get rid of whole departments. Just dissolve them.

These bureaucrats exist to make life hard for people. So many government agencies were created to meet a need that no longer exists.

Don’t fool with the individual employees. Dump whole departments.

Melissa Mackenzie
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Melissa Mackenzie is Publisher of The American Spectator. Melissa commentates for the BBC and has appeared on Fox. Her work has been featured at The Guardian, PJ Media, and was a front page contributor to RedState. Melissa commutes from Houston, Texas to Alexandria, VA. She lives in Houston with her two sons, one daughter, and two diva rescue cats. You can follow Ms. Mackenzie on Twitter: @MelissaTweets.
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