Boehner’s Departure Is A Reminder That The Administrative State Is Not Working

What The Middle Class Is Upset About
I was listening to Hillsdale’s “Progressivism” lecture again and noticed the irony that the more our politicians have embraced the administrative state as a better governing model, the harder it has been for them to convince their constituents that they are doing a good job. The grand bargain for our legislators was that if they gave up their Constitutional responsibilities to the administrative state there would be less chance of corruption, better decisions, and they could safely take credit for the successes without putting much work in. A good example of this short sighted thinking is Ms. Pelosi’s famous remarks, “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It“. The problem for our Representatives is that it is hard to get good approval ratings when you are seen as not doing anything. To fully grasp the breakdown in the administrative state you need no further proof than to look at the Administration apologies for the mistakes with the Affordable Care Act, the EPA scandal, the IRS scandal, the VA scandal, the Fast and Furious scandal, or a multitude of foreign policy mishaps like Benghazi, Ukraine, and ISIS. In every case the Administration strenuously denied the decisions were political in nature while at the same time admitted that their decisions were stupid. At some point the voters stopped caring whether the Administration was partisan or just plain stupid since the results were the same. Corruption, cronyism, and incompetence are natural results of an administrative state gone wild. To think that Congress may have to resort to impeaching Mr. Koskinen or Ms. McCarthy in order to rein in the administrative state and re-establish some resemblance of a government of the people and for the people. Considering the popularity of party outsiders in the presidential election polls and Eric Cantor’s embarrassing primary loss, I think that Mr. Boehner decided that it was a good time for him to get out. He was a politician for a different era. Now if we can just find someone to fix the broken administrative state. Federalism is dead! Long live a smarter, less corrupt federalism!