February 24, 2017 by David K. Sutton
Steve Bannon Vows ‘Deconstruction Of The Administrative State’
The shadowy figure pulling the strings within Donald Trump’s White House, Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon, appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday. He vowed the Trump administration would work toward the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” In other words, unwinding regulations that exist to protect Americans. Little things like consumer financial protection, a clean environment, and anti-discrimination, to name a few.
“Deconstruction” is one of Bannon’s “three verticals,” the other two being “economic nationalism,” and “national security and sovereignty.” I argue Bannon is not only proposing isolationist economic policy nationally, but also personally. Bannon is the latest in a long line of rich far-right assholes who use populist rhetoric — albeit, dark in Bannon’s case — to appeal to poor far-right assholes. Bannon’s unique populism hides his true pursuit, self-enrichment, and a reckless disregard for social inclusiveness, economic safeguards, and environmental protections.
And every villain needs a foe, so Bannon made sure to define the media and elites as the “opposition.”
“If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken,” Bannon said. “Every day, it is going to be a fight.” As if to say the country does not also belong to those who live on the coasts, or who live in large cities, or who work for the media.
Bannon attended Georgetown University and received an MBA from Harvard. He’s been a Hollywood producer. He still receives Seinfeld royalties. He was also an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, and he has a net worth of $10 million. And millionaire Bannon would like nothing more than to undo government regulations, allowing the Steve Bannon’s of the world to further enrich their wealth, with little regard to the economic struggles of average Americans.
Bannon is the poster child for the kind of “elites” he supposedly assails.