Amid all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over various federal executive department heads succumbing to the “fell or was pushed” syndrome, it falls on me to make what should be the obvious comment — “So what?”
Were it up to me, it would be the department that was excised, not just its head. FBI? A 20th-century artifice designed, it seems for domestic spying. (See James Bovard’s excellent article here.) The Census? A benign design turned into another political cesspool. (Read this Politico article for the hand-wringing partisan flavor of what should be an impartial function.)
The federal executive branch has grown into a massively bloated monstrosity. Not including members of the armed forces, the Executive Branch employs more than 1 million bureaucrats. (Add over 3 million to that for those in the “defense” racket.)
That seems to me to be excessive even for the Leviathan that has become our clan of overlords. My cry of mock alarm would be much louder if “Orange Julius Caesar” were to disband the entire department snake, instead of just lopping off the head.