The Deep State: 4 Disturbing Ways the Administrative State Expands its Power, Influence, and Income

Craig Huey Deep State 1 Comment

The Deep State isn’t new, and it isn’t controlled by one political party.

The Deep State is a systemic network of power that maintains the status quo, fights progress, and keeps power in the hands of a few…and it’s been advanced for decades under political leaders who have wanted to expand big government.

One of the ways the Deep State maintains power and undermines the voice of the American people is through the administrative state.

The administrative state uses a class of professionals to oversee the government, economy, and society…in other words, government bureaucrats with nearly uncurbed power to make critical decisions and spend tax dollars.

Many of the administrative state’s values compete directly with the core principles of freedom and our Constitution: a representative democracy with limited powers and reach.

The values and goals of the administrative state are anti-freedom and pro-big government … they undermine the foundational values of the country.

Here are 4 ways the administrative state expands its power, influence, and income—at the expense of the needs and wants of voters and taxpayers.

  1. The administrative state constantly grows larger.

The main goal of the administrative state is to grow larger – not only in size, but also in political responsibility and authority.

Woodrow Wilson dramatically expanded the administrative state when he was president, from 1913-1921 … Wilson’s aim was to give bureaucrats power while effectively ignoring public opinion.

The ideology behind the administrative state gives the illusion that our votes matter…when in reality, unelected bureaucrats make decisions for us.

One of the ways the administrative state wields its power is through its massive documentation of rules.

Currently there are 220,000 federal regulators … working with a budget of about $63 billion…

These government regulators create and enforce 185,000 pages of rules.

This costs the economy about $1.9 trillion every year – roughly the same amount of money the government raises every year from individual and corporate income taxes.

The administrative state has unchecked ability to grow and spend wastefully…while our nation sinks deeper and deeper into debt.

  1. The administrative state weaponizes itself politically.

The administrative state is supposed to uphold principles of freedom and democracy.

Instead, it has been politically weaponized to advance its own agenda and interests.

Agencies like the:

  • Department of Education
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Federal Trade Commission

….have been weaponized with a liberal agenda.

Under the Obama Administration, these kinds of government agencies were flooded with ideologues with one aim: to advance a dangerous liberal ideology.

Holdovers from past administrations continue to advance their policies and block anything they disagree with.

  1. The Administrative State Supports and Promotes Soft Tyranny.

What is soft tyranny?

It’s when a people or nation can’t move forward because of the poor conditions that have been imposed on it—often economic.

Soft tyranny is the enemy of freedom and progress … it has advanced in the U.S. through the increase of federal tax rates, federal spending, the federal regulatory staff, and the total number of federal regulations.

Under the presidencies of Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama, federal spending grew…and soft tyranny increased.

Reagan helped stunt the growth of this dangerous trend…but under Obama, federal spending, regulatory staff, and regulations skyrocketed again.

The astronomical costs of the administrative state only impose heavier burdens on taxpayers…and prevent progress and economic growth.

  1. Employees of the Administrative State Cost America $524 million—Every Day.

The administrative staff of the U.S. government are phenomenally—and disturbingly—well paid. Check out the following statistics:

  • From 2010 to 2016, the number of federal employees making $200,000 or more increased by 165%.
  • In 2016, a total of 406,960 employees made six-figure incomes.
  • On average, federal employees are given 10 federal holidays, 13 sick days, and 20 vacation days per year.
  • If each employee took advantage of these astronomical benefits, it would cost taxpayers around $22.6 billion every year.

The administrative state’s expenses alone are enough to prove that this is a system driven by self-interest and self-promotion.

Of course they want to expand and grow…they are raking in hundreds of millions of dollars a day to finance the pricey lifestyles of their staff.

The administrative state has always been around…and it has always been at risk of imposing itself on the freedom and the economic growth of voters and taxpayers.

But under the Obama administration, the administrative state became ideologically driven—a weapon of the Deep State, and a threat to freedom, growth, and change in America.

 

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