Here's the Horse Sense: Obama leaving office won't stop his influence. His appointees can remain and cause havoc for a new administration. Trump better plan to deal with it.
The end of President Obama's term does not necessarily mean the end of his influence on our government. He could change their positions from that of appointees to that of civil service employees. By doing that he embeds them in our government with all the job protections that civil service employees enjoy. It's been said by many that removing a federal employee is almost impossible. So, will removing those employees pose a problem for a President Trump or does he have a plan to eliminate that problem?
Reuters is reporting that Donald Trump may have a plan to remove obstacles that would keep him from removing federal employees who were appointees of Barack Obama. Trump, it is said, would like to be able to purge those employees by seeking help from Congress to pass legislation that would make it easier to fire federal workers.
Gov. Chris Christie, who is head of Trump's transition team, said in a special meeting on Tuesday with donors at the Republican Convention that they were making a list of federal employees to be removed if Trump wins the election.
Trump's transition advisers fear that Obama may convert appointees to civil servants. According to the article, Christie said, "This would allow officials to keep their jobs in a new, possibly Republican, administration." Christie went on to say, "It's called burrowing. (click here for examples of Bush and Clinton using burrowing in their administrations) You take them from the political appointee side into the civil service side, in order to try to set up... roadblocks for your successor.... One of the things I have suggested to Donald is that we have to immediately ask the Republican Congress to change the civil service laws. Because if they do, it will make it a lot easier to fire those people."
This is clear, forward thinking. Trump and his team know that they face an uphill battle and are trying to be ready to remove obstacles in their path. This is about cleaning up government and is a clear sign that that's what Trump wants to do.
And, in addition to getting rid of political appointees of Obamas, a change in the laws would most likely make it easier to cut down the size of government by eliminating many unneeded positions. This is how a businessman thinks. It's about efficiency, which is something that politicians know nothing about.
One other note you might find interesting. Christie used the term "we" when referring to the administration of Donald Trump. Could this mean that even though he wasn't chosen as Trump's running mate that Trump has already promised another position to Christie? I think so. And I wouldn't be surprised if it was as Attorney General.